Biography

Katie Hood is an educator and philanthropic consultant as well as the Executive Director of the One Love Foundation. The One Love Foundation, which was established in 2010 in honor of UVA student Yeardley Love who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend, aims to raise awareness about the warning signs of relationship violence.

Hood is currently a Senior Fellow and Visiting Lecturer with the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.  In this role, she teaches a course entitled, “Women as Leaders,” a course that blends leadership theory with women’s history and practical advice for what it takes to be not just a achiever, but a leader in the world today.  In addition to her work at Duke and at the One Love Foundation, she is an independent consultant working with philanthropists and nonprofits on projects designed to strengthen their businesses and position themselves to achieve outcomes from their work.

Hood is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the largest funder of Parkinson’s research worldwide and one of the most innovative and results-oriented disease-focused foundations driving progress toward cures in the world. During her time as CEO (2007-2011), the Foundation more than doubled its fundraising and grant making.  Hood joined MJFF in September 2002, and prior to serving as CEO she served as Deputy CEO and VP of Research Programs.  In both positions, she played a critical role in developing the Foundation’s unique approach to achieving progress in PD research.

Hood’s leadership was recognized when Crain’s New York Business selected her for its 2011 “40 Under 40” list of individuals who have achieved success in business before turning 40.  She has attended FORTUNE’s invitation only “Most Powerful Women in Business” Summit, and has participated in numerous industry panels and meetings on the subject of innovation in philanthropy.

She is a member of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s Founder’s Council, and has served as a member of the Advisory Council of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke at the NIH as well as a board member of the Parkinson’s Action Network.

Prior to MJFF, Ms. Hood worked at both Goldman, Sachs & Co., and Bain & Company.  She graduated from Duke University and Harvard Business School.