Joel Wood

Joel Wood

Joel Wood is senior vice president of government affairs at the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers, a position he has held since 1992. Dubbed one of the top trade association lobbyists in Washington by “The Hill,” Wood spent his early career as assistant vice president for government affairs for the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents and served six years as press secretary and legislative director for Rep. Don Sundquist, R-Tenn. Wood is a regular contributor to Leader’s Edge magazine.

In 2001, following the diagnosis of his son James, Wood and his wife, Dana, established the Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne, a 501(c)3 organization that has raised millions of dollars in funding for research and treatments of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the world’s leading lethal childhood genetic disease.

Wood is a graduate of the University of Mississippi.

Recent Articles by Joel Wood

The Painstaking Saga Behind NARAB

On Jan. 9, I had the pleasure of sharing spontaneous drinks and dinner with José Andrés, Washington’s first and only international celebrity chef. He had just launched China Chilcano, the latest in his burgeoning empire of restaurants, only three days old at the time, and was only a month away from opening yet another concept. […]

Of Laws, Dirtbags and Insurance Rebates

My paternal grandmother died more than 20 years ago, having been dirt poor in rural Mississippi her entire life. Her husband and two children preceded her in death, so it fell to us five grandchildren to settle her tiny estate. We donated her ramshackle house to the local fire department so they could burn it down […]

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