CMC student elected to national Amnesty International board
Steamboat Springs — A Colorado Mountain College student is now the youngest member of Amnesty International USA’s Board of Directors.
Molly Goldberg, 27, earned a place on the worldwide organization’s board election ballot via a campaign in which she collected 100 signatures of dues-paying members of the organization. Typically, members are nominated by a committee to be considered for ballot placement.
Once on the ballot, Goldberg competed against 12 other candidates vying for six open seats.
The recent CMC associate’s degree graduate received just under 6,000 votes from 10,000 voting members, the second highest of any of the candidates.
She learned last Tuesday the votes earned her a three-year seat on the board.
“When I got the call, I was in disbelief, I cried and I was shaking. The rest of the day I was walking around in a daze because I couldn’t believe it had happened,” said Goldberg, who got past discipline issues in high school to later excel at CMC, where she will begin her fifth year as student body president this fall.
Goldberg said she was proud of the accomplishment of just getting on the ballot as a petition candidate.
“I never actually expected to win, especially by the margin I did,” she said.
Amnesty International is a human rights organization that advocates for equality for all people, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity, often through action and advocacy campaigns carried out by members and clubs throughout the world.
The organization’s board of directors helps develop the vision of AI by setting goals and priorities and managing the organization’s financial health.
Goldberg, who was serving as a Colorado student activist coordinator and west coast representative of Amnesty International’s National Youth Action Committee, said she wanted to join the organization’s board to be a voice for younger members.
She said that while younger members of Amnesty International often do lot of groundwork with the organization, their voice isn’t always heard by governing members.
“My main goal is to just empower those voices,” Goldberg said. “I want there to be clear lines of communication between the board and youth leaders.”
Goldberg will begin her duties with a board retreat next month where board members will bargain for causes they’re interested in advocating for, and the board’s agenda will be set for the next year.
From there, Goldberg expects a 10 to 20 hour per week commitment of remote work, phone and email communications and bi-monthly meetings in New York, which the organization will pay for Goldberg to attend.
Goldberg said she is looking forward to connecting with experienced board members.
“I’m in really good company. The members of the board are all seasoned veterans,” she said.
The board will offer valuable experience for Goldberg, who will finish her bachelor’s degree in the coming school year and then attend graduate school, she said.
“It’s going to open up a lot of doors for me, especially for grad school and job opportunities in the future,” she said. “It’s going to be a really great learning experience for me.”
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