Katie Hood is an educator and philanthropic consultant as well as the former CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.
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, 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.
In May 2011, Hood stepped down from her position as Chief Executive Officer of The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. During her time as CEO (2007-2011), the Foundation more than doubled its fundraising and grantmaking. 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.
She 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.
The Founders' Council was created in 2008 to recognize individuals who have made significant and transformative contributions to our Foundation's efforts as part of our Board of Directors or as special advisors to the Foundation. Council members continue their involvement with MJFF on an as-needed basis, strategically advising on questions relevant to their areas of interest or expertise.