Harvey Godwin, Jr., Chairman of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, was first elected as Tribal Chairman in 2015 and is currently serving his second term. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, he is the owner and CEO of Two Hawk Employment Services, LLC and Two Hawk Workforce Services.
During his tenure as Tribal Chairman, his administration has guided the Lumbee People through two hurricanes, partnering with relief organizations such as the Red Cross, World Central Kitchen, and JP/HRO (now CORE), to provide aid during the flooding disasters of 2016 and 2018. This past month, his administration oversaw the installation of new generators at the Tribal Housing Complex and Boys and Girls Club, in preparation for future disaster events, just ahead of Hurricane Dorian.
Chairman Godwin has worked to restore the Tribal Cultural Center, renovating the pool, powwow grounds, and amphitheatre, as well as creating a community garden and bringing in a high tunnel greenhouse. This past year, his administration worked with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit, to bring a state-of-the-art playground with inclusive elements to the Tribal Cultural Center. The Chairman also worked with the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to bring the historical outdoor drama, Strike at the Wind!, back to its original location at the Cultural Center amphitheatre.
Chairman Godwin remains focused on Housing for the Lumbee. He recently secured Title VI funding through HUD to move forward with construction on 50 new homes throughout the tribal territory, and continues to support the tribal HUD Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, one of the most progressive programs in Indian Country.
Harvey Godwin, Jr. is married to Shelia Godwin, a retired schoolteacher. They have two sons, Cody Eagle Horse Godwin and Quinn West Godwin; and a granddaughter, Journey Alyssa Godwin.