Douglas Wood, Ford Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FUNDING AREAS: Higher education

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PROFILE:Douglas Wood is a program officer in the Ford Foundation's Youth Opportunity and Learning sector. His grantmaking helps students make a successful transition from high school to college. It also focuses on raising college completion rates among vulnerable student populations.

As the Ford Foundation's bio of Wood puts it:

Douglas Wood is part of the Youth Opportunity and Learning team. His grant making has focused on helping students transition from high school to college and also on improving the college completion rates of underserved students. He brings to his role at Ford broad experience in prekindergarten to 12th grade, as well as higher education policy and administration.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2011, Douglas was associate dean of administration and planning at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at the New School. During the 10 years before coming to Ford, he also worked as executive director and chief executive officer of the Tennessee State Board of Education; served as a member of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission; and was executive director and principal investigator of the National Academy for Excellent Teaching, an institute of Teachers College, Columbia University.

Douglas began his career as a public school teacher. After five years of teaching, he worked as a research assistant at Harvard University, the Center for Collaborative Education Metro Boston, and the Annenberg Rural Challenge, among others. He then served as a course assistant at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a teaching fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Douglas holds master of education and doctor of education degrees in administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University; a master's degree in English from Middlebury College; and a bachelor's degree in history from Wofford College, where he is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.