by Jasmine Batchelor
February 12, 2020
James B. Wood is Chairman of Wood Communications, a national strategic management and communications firm specializing in strategic planning, crisis and issue management and governmental affairs.
Mr. Wood’s career spans both the public and private sector. His public career includes appointments as Executive Assistant to Governor Patrick J. Lucey, Deputy Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, and founder and first president of a private “think tank” dedicated to the research and analysis of cutting-edge public policy issues. During Mr. Wood’s tenure as president, the center produced seminal works on, and conducted demonstration projects in, environmental mediation, labor relations, public employee pension fund investment practices, education techniques, state tax policies and innovations in criminal justice policies.
Since 1982, Mr. Wood has used his strategic communications and management skills to assist hundreds of corporate, association and governmental leaders interact effectively with the changedriven challenges and opportunities they faced. He is a recognized authority on the development and implementation of public policy, and has had significant experience in facilitation and mediation. He appears frequently as a guest speaker and lecturer, and has delivered papers at a variety of gatherings, including papers on economic development trends and the public investor.
Mr. Wood holds Bachelor and Masters degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a PhD from Duke University, where he wrote his dissertation on early Chinese-American relations. He taught American Diplomatic History at Purdue University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Carroll College.