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Panelist Bio


Darrin Goss, Sr.
Capital Area United Way

Darrin Goss Sr. is the President/CEO of Capital Area United Way. Darrin joined Capital Area United Way after serving as Vice President, Community Impact for United Way of Greenville County in South Carolina.

Darrin earned his undergraduate degree from Wofford College and an advanced degree from North Greenville University. He has served our country as an Army Officer holding several
leadershi p and command positions. He has led in both the private sector and education sector holdingvarious leadershi p positions at Sunoco, Inc in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wofford College in Spartanburg,SC.

He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: Greenville's Best and Brightest (2010 & 2011) and the Spartanburg Chamber of Commerce Minority Business Advocate of the Year (2007). He has been recognized by State and Local elected officials in both South Carolina and Louisiana for his leadershi p in bringing communities together. A sought after speaker, Darrin has served as the keynote speaker for the City of Spartanburg MLK Jr. Corporate Community Leaders Breakfast, and the EJ Orso School of Business at LSU, Louisiana Looking Up Summit.

His local and national leadership involvement is extensive. He is a member of the UWW National Professional Council, serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Association of United Way, and also serves on the Junior League of Baton Rouge Community
Advisory Board. He is the author of the book: The Leadership Option.

Darrin is married to Martetha "Vee" Goss and the couple has one grown son, Darrin Goss, Jr.

Current Topic


     10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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