As senior vice president for state public policy operations, Steve Woods oversees NFIB’s public policy activities in all 50 states. Woods joined NFIB in 1977 and served for 12 years as the state director in New York. After a short stint as the northeastern regional director, he became vice president in 1989.
During his years as vice president, the state public policy department has greatly expanded its role in state elections. Woods led the efforts to endorse governors for the first time in NFIB and to take active roles in referendum and judicial campaigns. The primary grassroots function for NFIB is coordinated through state public policy.
Woods serves as NFIB’s representative to a number of associations of state officials, including the National Conference of State Legislatures, the Council of State Governments and the American Legislative Exchange Council. He served as a board member of the National Council of Compensation Insurance, which is the primary rate-setting statistical organization for workers’ compensation. He was the private sector chair of the ALEC Commerce Committee. He currently serves on the board of the State Government Affairs Council, an association of managers of state government relations programs. Also, Woods is the chairman of the board of the American Tort Reform.
Prior to joining NFIB, Woods was the executive director of the Schenectady, N.Y., Bureau of Municipal Research from 1972 to 1977.
Woods graduated cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, with a degree in political science. He also holds a master’s in public administration from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in public finance.
Woods and his wife Kathy reside in Alexandria, Va.