Monica Woods is New Executive Vice President and COO of The Leadership Conference & The Education Fund

Media 04.13.20

April 13, 2020
Contact: Shin Inouye, [email protected], 202.869.0398

WASHINGTON – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund announced the addition of operations expert Monica Woods as executive vice president and chief operating officer for the organizations.

“We are thrilled that Monica has joined our team of passionate and skilled advocates,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund. “She brings a wealth of experience to ensure that our organizations are run in the best manner possible. As we continue the fight for civil and human rights, her leadership will help ensure that we are run efficiently and effectively.”

Biographical Information

Monica M. Woods is executive vice president and chief operating officer. She most recently served as vice president for human resources and chief administrative officer at the Urban Institute. There, she led strategic and business-driven talent management programs, operations, and initiatives, and served as an officer on Urban’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.  Woods also led efforts to strengthen Urban’s administrative systems, policies, and processes to facilitate responsive staff support and service. Woods has comprehensive experience managing complex organizations and operations, including 15 years driving strategies to improve organizational performance.  Before joining Urban, Woods was the associate director for workforce management and development at the Congressional Research Service and led people-focused programs and operations at the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security and Education. Woods holds a BA in political science from Spelman College and an MPA with a human resources concentration from American University.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 220 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. The Leadership Conference works toward an America as good as its ideals. For more information on The Leadership Conference and its 200-plus member organizations, visit