Jessica Goodall has made it her mission to advocate for and assist people in need.

Goodall founded Eva’s Closet & Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides free necessities to clients, ranging from clothing and shoes to hygiene and household supplies. She’s also a founding member of Social Work Society, a professional networking organization for social workers and mental health professionals to gather, share ideas and grow.

Goodall describes her business approach as “a combination of equal parts: empathy, non-judgment, grit, grace, and relentless determination to serve those in need with honor and respect,” she says.

Recently, Florida Gulf Coast University caught on to Goodall’s good deeds, naming her the 2019 FGCU Alumna of Distinction Award winner for her work in the community. She’s also received recognition for her impact as a social worker.

Aside from Eva’s Closet, Goodall has taught yoga for children with autism at Family Initiative Inc. and facilitated adult support groups with Valerie’s House, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children grieve the loss of a loved one.

Her greatest advice to others beginning their careers?

“Pursue wholeheartedly what you truly wish to do in this world and trust in your strengths and abilities.”

Goodall is a certified yoga instructor with more than 400 training hours. She enjoys traveling and visiting her hometown in Massachusetts. She practices a pescatarian lifestyle.