John Godwin works for the US Intelligence Community, serving as the Director of Content and Research for an intelligence program to assist our service men and women at both MacDill Air Force Base and around the world.
John and his wife, Catherine, have also served their regions' most abused and neglected youth as foster parents. He and his wife have provided a safe and loving home to foster children from across the county. John is an active volunteer with Hillsborough's public schools and serves on numerous boards and committees.
Godwin served Tampa by bringing forward and championing Tampa City Charter Amendment 16 on the March 2019 ballot, which protected individuals from discrimination, regardless of sexual orientation, color, pregnancy, age, marital status, familial status, disability, gender identification, genetic information, or ethnicity.
Godwin earned his BA in Political Science from Auburn University and his MA in International Affairs from Florida State University, having also studied at Moscow State University for his graduate work and specialized in good governance and democracy assistance. Prior to working with a US Intelligence Agency, Godwin worked for the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) and Madeleine Albright's National Democratic Institute (NDI), supporting programs to train women to run for local office, install handicap accessible ramps at polling stations, and engage ethnic and religious minorities in the political process.
John Godwin has continued to work to bring responsible governance to countries around the world and locally in Hillsborough County. In 2019, Godwin ran for Tampa City Council, producing the most robust policy plans in the field, including one to make increase affordable housing in Tampa and one to make Tampa more accessible for persons with disabilities. Godwin's accessibility plan was adopted by Florida Democratic Party's Path to Commission as the model for accessibility platforms for Democratic candidates.
Most recently, Godwin has served as the Regional Director for the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee, organizing drives to register hundreds of people to vote, advancing citizen-led constitutional amendment petitions, and preparing to bring responsible leadership to Hillsborough, Florida, and the United States with the 2020 elections.