Genevieve Wood develops and executes strategies to promote The Heritage Foundation’s policy solutions for advancing free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
Wood, a member of Heritage’s senior management team, says she enjoys the challenge of “helping everyday Americans understand how what happens in Washington and public policy affects them.” Most recently, that effort includes proposals such as immigration reform and interstate sales taxes.
She spoke to tens of thousands of Americans while crisscrossing the country in 2012 to promote fiscal responsibility as part of a bus tour that visited 127 cities in 25 states. She also conveyed the think tank’s conservative policy solutions in dozens of radio and TV interviews during the 10-month tour.
Since 2011, Wood and her creative team have introduced audiences and organizations to Saving the American Dream, Heritage’s detailed plan to solve the national debt crisis, simplify taxes, redesign entitlement programs and make health care affordable. She also oversaw Leadership for America, the think tank’s program to advance 10 initiatives addressing key domestic, economic, legal and foreign policy challenges.
Wood’s duties include coordinating long-term and short-term strategies from Capitol Hill to the grassroots level, with the goal of educating government officials and ordinary taxpayers. She leads a creative team responsible for market research, product development, publications, video production, photography and graphic design, branding and advertising. She is one of the think tank’s busiest public speakers.
As a commentator, Wood has appeared on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel (including Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly) and on programs such as CBS’ “Face the Nation,” NBC’s “Today,” C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal,” PBS’ “To the Contrary” and even ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” with Bill Maher. She has been a guest on hundreds of local radio and TV shows.
Before joining Heritage in 2006, Wood worked for more than 14 years in Washington politics, policy and media. She helped federal and state lawmakers, political candidates, authors and organizations communicate policy goals and plan how to implement objectives. Her clients ranged from regional groups to prominent outfits such as Heritage, Cato Institute, Focus on the Family, Manhattan Institute and the Susan B. Anthony List.
In 2000, Campaigns & Elections magazine named Wood a “rising star in politics.” From 1991 until 2004 she held media-related positions with, among others, the Family Research Council, the Leadership Institute, National Public Radio, NBC News and the Republican National Committee. Her responsibilities ranged from overseeing video production facilities to producing and anchoring television and radio talk shows on public affairs.
A native of Texarkana, Texas, Wood holds a bachelor's degree in history from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. She resides in Washington, D.C.