Amon Gooden was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has lived in Lorain, Ohio; Louisville, Kentucky; West Chester, Pennsylvania; and Atlanta, Georgia. Amon Gooden graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania with a BS degree in physics with minors in mathematics and pre-engineering. While a student at Lincoln, Amon worked as a mathematics and physics tutor. Amon was also on the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Team and was selected from thousands of students to represent the Honda Motor Company in its national ads. Amon appeared in several issues of Ebony, Black Enterprise, and the Crisis Magazine.