Gina E. Wood is Vice President of Foundation and Institutional Giving at the Atlantic Council where she leads the fundraising and outreach strategy for foundations and institutional giving. Her focus on strengthening relationships with philanthropy and government entities to include identifying new partnerships both in the United States and abroad has led to major multimillion dollar contributions. Wood is a member of the partners group representing the organization’s senior management and she enjoys working as a strategic partner with the multiple centers and programs, in addition to the Council’s leadership.
Before joining the Atlantic Council, Wood was Senior Director of Program Development at the Bipartisan Policy Center. In this role, she worked closely with the leadership to identify and strategically secure foundation funding to support five program areas – democracy and governance, economic policy, energy, health, and national security – each with a portfolio of three to four major projects.
Prior to joining BPC, she was Director of Policy and Planning at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies where she led the planning to launch two institutes – Media and Technology, and Civic Engagement and Governance – and directed a national initiative focused on climate change that led to over a million dollars in funding. She also served as Interim Director of the Health Policy Institute that successfully renewed a $7 million multiyear grant during her tenure. Her state government experience includes serving in the Cabinet of former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges, and in the legislative and executive branches of Oregon state government.
Wood also has federal government experience working at the US Department of Justice and serving as Staff Director of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, chaired by former Attorney General Janet Reno and comprised of cabinet-level officials from key federal agencies. She worked closely with the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in program planning to support the allocation of discretionary funding.
Wood serves on the Board of Trustees for National Crittenton, founded in 1883 with a social justice mission to advance the self-empowerment, health, economic security, and civic engagement of girls and young women impacted by trauma and violence. She is also a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Northern Virginia Chapter where she serves as chair of the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee. Wood received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Missouri.