Woods International, LLC
Uniting the Power of Ideas with Action
Woods International, LLC unites the power of the public and private sectors to deliver results that endure and benefits that impact individual lives.
Tom Woods leads the Washington-based practice and provides personalized oversight of the company's work, which now spans four continents.
Tom Woods, President
Tom is President of Woods International, LLC, a private sector consulting firm focused on economic growth strategies and public private partnerships for global development. He is also a leading expert on U.S.-Africa relations, human and economic development, and political and security issues in Africa.
Tom served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa (2004-2006) and led U.S. engagement with 25 countries in west and southern Africa. He also led U.S. economic policy toward Africa, including trade and investment issues. Tom led U.S. Government engagement on Africa Energy Security and he chaired the first Bilateral Conference on U.S.-Nigeria Energy Cooperation. Tom also helped develop the first major public/private partnership between leading oil companies, donors and the Government of Nigeria to reduce violent conflict in Nigeria’s Niger Delta.
Tom provided essential leadership as the U.S. directed a global coalition in post-conflict Liberia. He led a team that achieved strong resource commitments from The European Union, World Bank, and IMF in support of demobilization, reintegration, community development, and institution building. Tom led U.S. Government strategies to support a return to democracy in Zimbabwe. He also oversaw preparations for the 2005 Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Conference in Senegal, which was attended by over eighty ministers of trade and foreign affairs. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice attended as part of her first Africa visit while in office.
Tom served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development (2002-2004). In this role, he oversaw the agency’s more than $1 billion Africa development budget. He led the promotion of major public/private partnerships through USAID’s Global Development Alliance initiative. Tom managed significant Mission staff restructuring and budget prioritization to create greater alignment with US foreign policy objectives.
Tom has served as the State Department’s Officer in Charge for Democracy and Human Rights in Africa (1998-2000). In this capacity, he directed U.S. policy and programs throughout Africa during a time of unprecedented gains in multiparty democracy. He is the recipient of numerous State Department awards, including Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. Tom began his government career as a Presidential Management Fellow within the State Department Bureau of African Affairs.
Tom serves on the boards the Nigerian Interfaith Action Association and the Fourth Presbyterian School in Potomac, Maryland.
Tom earned a BA in International Studies and economics with highest honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his MA in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Tom is married to Deidra Woods, MD, a Washingtonian Magazine Top-Doc in Internal Medicine.
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