New AtlanticistMar 8, 2021
Lessons from women in leadership: A celebration of International Women’s Day
By Mary Prakas and Will O'Brien
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.
Gina E. Wood is the senior vice president for global partnerships and impact at the Atlantic Council. She oversees all aspects of cultivating and sustaining strategic partnerships with corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. As chief revenue officer, she leads the fundraising and outreach strategy to strengthen and expand on key relationships with the public and private sectors to include identifying new partnerships both in the United States and abroad. Wood is a member of the Management Committee representing the organization’s senior management and focuses on the organization’s impact. She previously served as the vice president for philanthropic partnerships where she operationalized and expanded foundation and government funding that significantly contributed to increasing overall revenue from approximately $24 million to over $42 million in the last four years.
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. 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. Wood directed a national initiative focused on climate change and served as interim director of the Health Policy Institute.
Wood has extensive state and federal government experience. She served in the cabinet of former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges and was unanimously confirmed by the State Senate. While living in Oregon, she served as legislative assistant to the first African American woman elected to state office and in the executive branch working for three governors. Her federal government experience at the US Department of Justice included staff director of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, chaired by former US Attorney General Janet Reno and comprised of nineteen members including six cabinet secretaries. 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.
An active member in the Northern Virginia community, Wood is a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., is a member of the University of Richmond’s Customer Experience Program Advisory Committee, and served on the Fairfax County Chairman’s Task Force on Equity and Opportunity. She was recently invited by the chairman, board of supervisors, and chairman of the public safety committee to serve on the community working group to review a recent study on the use of force and provide recommendations. Wood received her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Missouri.