April 29, 2020
Koya partnered with The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights in the search for a Chief Operating Officer. The Leadership Conference is a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the civil and human rights of all persons in the United States. Our work led to the recruitment of Monica Woods to the role.
Woods has comprehensive experience managing complex organizations and operations, including over 15 years driving strategies to improve organizational performance in the federal government and nonprofit sectors.
Woods joined The Leadership Conference from the Urban Institute, where she served as the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Administrative Officer. The Urban Institute is a DC-based think tank dedicated to elevating the debate on social and economic policy. As a member of Urban’s senior leadership team, Woods led enterprise-wide programs, operations, and initiatives. In addition, Woods served as an executive officer on Urban’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.
While at Urban, Woods led efforts to strengthen administrative systems, policies, and processes to facilitate responsive staff support and service. She built teams and capacity to modernize policy and practice across a range of operational units to include human resources, building operations, and information/knowledge management systems. Through the application of industry best practices and data-driven decision-making, Woods streamlined business processes, strengthened organizational culture and engagement, and implemented forward-leaning programs to cultivate and enable workforce development, performance, and support.
Previously, Woods was the Associate Director, Workforce Management and Development for the Library of Congress’ Congressional Research Service. There, she managed and executed broad human resources operations and programs to meet complex workforce requirements and advance organizational priorities.
Woods has also held senior roles with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Department of Education.
Woods holds a B.A. from Spelman College. She earned her M.P.A. from American University.