John Wood

John Wood is featured in the first night of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

John Wood is the founder and board chair of Room to Read, a nongovernmental organization that partners with communities across Asia and Africa to improve educational opportunities for children. In particular, his organization focuses on literacy and gender equality in education.

He started Room to Read after a fast-paced and distinguished career with Microsoft from 1991 to 1999. He was in charge of marketing and business development teams throughout Asia, including serving as director of business development for the Greater China region and as director of marketing for the Asia-Pacific region.

Wood brings to Room to Read a vision for a scalable solution to developing global educational problems, an intense focus on results and an ability to attract a world-class group of employees, volunteers and funders. He focuses on long-term strategy, capital acquisition, public speaking and media.

Wood holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Northwestern University. Follow him on Twitter @JohnWoodRtR.

Want to help?

Start your own campaign for education. To support Room to Read's mission to bring literacy and gender equality in education across Asia and Africa, run a marathon, hold a bake sale, or start a change drive at work. Get creative and create a campaign that’s fun for you and your friends. Do it on your own or through

Take the Room to Read mission local. Join or start a Room to Read chapter in your hometown and promote their mission to create greater access to libraries and schools across Asia and Africa.  Organize in your network and community to help Room to Read reach their annual fundraising goal. Or, volunteer with a nearby chapter.