Bethany Godsoe, Executive Director
Bethany Godsoe is the executive director for NYU Wagner's Research Center for Leadership in Action. She oversees the management of the Center and all strategic program development, execution and outreach.
Bethany brings expertise in the design and delivery of leadership development programs, fellowships and alumni networks that foster transformation at the individual, organization and systems levels; organizational talent development programs and strategies; and leadership practices of high-performing nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
Her main areas of interest are in programmatic and organizational development, leadership, and change management within public service organizations. She currently manages RCLA's executive talent development initiative, government and nonprofit leadership development and capacity-building programs, and partnerships with a spectrum of public service and private organizations. She is a highly skilled facilitator and experienced in utilizing action learning and research methodologies. Bethany is passionate about helping groups learn from and improve their practice.
Bethany previously served as NYU Wagner's assistant dean for enrollment and student services and director of admissions from 2003 to 2007, in which she oversaw the restructuring of student services and directed recruitment efforts that garnered a record number of master's degree applications. Prior to joining the NYU Wagner administration, she served as associate project director for the research and documentation component of Leadership for a Changing World, a national effort to build new knowledge about social change leadership in communities. She began her career in HIV services developing and managing youth programs and serving as a director of development.
Bethany is also a lecturer in public administration at NYU Wagner and teaches courses in strategic leadership and foundations of public service work. She has published on collaborative research processes to build knowledge about leadership.
Bethany received her BA in Anthropology and Women's Studies from Cornell University and her MPA from NYU Wagner.