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Monica M. Woods

Monica M. Woods

Vice President, Human Resources
Chief Administrative Officer

A talented, diverse workforce is at the heart of Urban’s capacity to strengthen the impact of its mission. Through collaborative partnerships with management and staff, Urban provides me the opportunity to apply strategic and innovative approaches to drive organizational performance through recruiting, developing, and retaining exceptional talent. I also value the opportunities to reengineer administrative processes and systems to reach greater work efficiency. I find all aspects of this work exciting and rewarding!


Monica M. Woods is vice president for human resources and chief administrative officer at the Urban Institute. She leads strategic and business-driven human capital programs, operations, and initiatives. Woods also leads efforts to strengthen Urban’s administrative systems, policies, and processes to facilitate responsive employee support and service.

Woods has comprehensive experience managing complex organizations and operations, including over 10 years providing visionary and innovative human resources management. Before joining Urban, Woods was the associate director for workforce management and development at the Congressional Research Service and led human resources programs in the US 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.


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