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Mon, Mar 8, 2021

Lessons from women in leadership: A celebration of International Women’s Day

In celebration of International Women’s Day and in continuation of our mission to foster the next generation of global leaders and change agents, the Atlantic Council’s Millennium Leadership Program asked women leaders in politics, finance, energy, non-profit management, and philanthropy to highlight the importance of women in leadership roles and share the lessons they have learned over the course of their careers.

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Gina E. Wood is vice president for Philanthropic Partnerships at the Atlantic Council where she leads the fundraising and outreach strategy for foundations and institutions. Her focus on strengthening and expanding 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 nine-member team (president and CEO, executive vice president, senior advisor, senior vice presidents, and vice presidents). She leads a team of four professional staff that enjoy working as strategic partners 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 (BPC). In this role, she worked closely with the leadership to identify and strategically secure foundation funding to support new initiatives and five program areas – democracy and governance, economic policy, energy, health, and national security – each with a portfolio of three to four major projects. The foundation portfolio represented roughly seventy percent of the organization’s revenue and continually exceeded revenue goals – both renewals and new grant awards.

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 and fundraising to launch two new 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 19 members. Nine ex officio members represent the following federal agencies: the Departments of Justice, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Homeland Security/Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Labor; the Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Corporation for National and Community Service; and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). In addition, ten members who are juvenile justice practitioners appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States. She worked closely with the administrator of OJJDP in program planning to support the allocation of discretionary funding.

Wood is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. – Northern Virginia Chapter where she serves as chair of the Public Policy Committee. Wood received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Missouri.