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GOSO Virtual Gala 2020: Meet the Movement

On Tuesday, September 22nd Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) shows gratitude to our founder, Mark L. Goldsmith, for his vision and transformational work in New York City. Featuring Special Guests who will discuss GOSO’s place in the nation-wide movement for social change.


Mark L. Goldsmith

Mark L. Goldsmith

Founder and CEO Emeritus, GOSO
Recipient of the It’s All About The Guys Award

Mark L. Goldsmith first visited Rikers Island in 2003 as a volunteer for the “Principal for the Day” program at the jail’s high school, Horizon Academy. As a former executive in the cosmetics industry, he brought with him over 35 years of corporate experience that he shared with the students. He recognized their potential for success and wanted to support their reentry into the community. He had the idea to create a mentoring program for these young men, where they could gain tools they needed to find stability and success. Over the past 15 years, Mark has developed GOSO into an organization that now supports 1,000 young men each year through education, employment, and emotional well-being. Mark is widely recognized for his decades of leadership and his stalwart commitment to using his life experience and tools for success to help young people stay out of the justice system and build positive futures.


Van Jones


CEO, REFORM Alliance
CNN host and political commentator

Jennifer Jones Austin


CEO and Executive Director, FPWA

Baz Dreisinger


Academic, Author & Activist

A message from Jocelynne Rainey, GOSO President & CEO: