Executive Vice President
Mike Wood, executive vice president, provides executive oversight of The Harwood Institute's coaching and training initiatives, marketing and communications, finance and internal operations. He brings to the Institute deep experience in community and political organizing, organizational change, customer relationship management, fundraising and community engagement. Wood, a former Harwood staffer who returned in September 2013, is a well-respected leader in the social and civic change sector and has a strong track record of leveraging The Harwood Institute’s frameworks and approaches to drive large-scale change.
Most recently, Wood worked at United Way Worldwide, where he developed and led the execution of a network engagement strategy for the 1,200 local United Ways in the U.S. During his seven-year tenure, he also developed a strategy rooted in the Harwood approach to transform United Ways and supported organizational change efforts at United Ways in the U.S., Latin America, East Asia, Eastern Europe, India, Africa and Australia. Prior to joining United Way, Wood was a communications director and project associate for The Harwood Institute, an associate of the Kettering Foundation, a community organizer in the U.S. Appalachian Coal Country region, a Congressional staffer and a field representative on a U.S. Congressional race. He is an experienced writer for newspapers and magazines and has authored and co-authored a number of national reports.
Wood, a Harry S Truman Scholar, one of 20 annual members of USA Today’s Collegiate All-Academic First Team and Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist, holds two bachelor’s degrees from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.