Katherine Wood is senior arts advisor and grants advisor at USIP. She joined USIP with more than 25 years of experience in public diplomacy, higher education and the arts. Her areas of expertise are international cultural policy, intercultural and interfaith relations and the roles of the arts, media, education, religion and civil society in conflict and peace.
Ms. Wood was chief of the exchanges section at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin during the immediate post-Cold War period, and subsequently served as senior program officer in the U.S. Information Agency’s Office of Citizen Exchanges, where she managed a large NGO grants program to promote democratic governance, economic reform, rule of law and independent media in Russia, the Caucasus region and Central Asia. Later she was director of international outreach at National Defense University, with responsibility for new exchange initiatives and chief of the Afghanistan service at the Voice of America, where her innovative programming was recognized with an award from the chairman of the Broadcasting Board of Governors.
Ms. Wood served as spokeswoman on the role of the arts and culture in public life and international affairs as deputy and acting director of communications at the National Endowment for the Arts and director of external relations for the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. She also held management positions in the arts and cultural exchange at the Smithsonian Institution and Georgetown University, and directed international and interfaith programs at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is a member of the Public Diplomacy Council and serves on the boards of the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women and Religions for Peace USA. She has master’s degrees from the Boston University School for the Arts and Harvard Divinity School.