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Genevieve Wood

  • Senior Contributor, The Daily Signal

Genevieve Wood advances policy priorities of The Heritage Foundation as senior contributor to The Foundry, which the think tank is repositioning in 2014 from blog to top media brand for news, analysis and commentary from a conservative perspective.

Wood functions as leading voice for The Foundry, producing regular commentary and making media appearances to explain and promote Heritage’s key policy solutions for the most critical issues to Americans. She provides quick, incisive analysis of breaking news and astute commentary that persuades and activates audiences necessary to achieve conservative policy victories.  She also carries the Heritage message to hundreds of thousands of members and represents The Foundry at events around the country.

Wood, previously a member of the senior management team, has worked since 2006 to develop and execute strategies to promote Heritage’s policy solutions for advancing free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

Wood says she long has enjoyed the challenge of “helping everyday Americans understand how what happens in Washington and public policy affects them.” Most recently, that effort had included appearances on a range of misguided proposals from immigration reform to 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 policy agendas such as 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 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 previously included 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 led a creative team responsible for market research, product development, publications, video production, photography and graphic design, branding and advertising.

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 defunct “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.

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