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Tavis is a lifelong Cedar Valley resident. The son of Community Activist David Goodson and United States Postal Worker Kimberly Hall, Tavis learned first hand the importance of hard, purposeful work. After graduating from Waterloo West High School, Tavis attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.
After college, Tavis went on to work as US Congressman Bruce Braley's Caseworker, focusing on Veterans Affairs, Medicare & Medicaid and Small Business Administration issues. He would later serve as a District Representative, working with communities large and small throughout the 1st Congressional District to identify and communicate community issues needing federal assistance. From a personal level to a larger, community level, Tavis' role with the US House of Representatives helped shape his view of government, that when operated effectively and efficiently and with intentional action, government can be an effective resource to assist families and a part of building stronger communities.
Later, Tavis went on to lead the Waterloo Convention & Visitors Bureau as Executive Director, through an organizational rebrand & reorganization, developing a brand as Experience Waterloo and transforming the nature of the organization from a traditional Convention & Visitors Bureau to a Destination Marketing Organization. Through this reorganization, Experience Waterloo has been able focus their attention on promoting Waterloo & by extension, the entire Cedar Valley, as a great community to live, work, play & visit.
Tavis has served on a number of community boards and commissions, including Waterloo Planning, Programming & Zoning Commission, Waterloo Complete Streets Committee, NAACP of Black Hawk County and Social Action Incorporated. Tavis has also served to facilitate important conversations including the Grow Cedar Valley Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit, Waterloo Police Rebranding Committee and Mayoral & Political Forums.