LaKeshia Wood serves as the acting chief of NCATS’ Ethics and Management Analysis Branch (EMAB) within the Office of Administrative Management and as the Center’s ethics coordinator. She oversees the Management Analysis and Policy Section and the Planning and Organizational Development Section, for which she provides leadership over strategic and workforce planning, recruitment, onboarding, performance management, risk, policy management and development, honorary awards, and records management. Wood also oversees NCATS’ Ethics Program, which provides advice and counsel to NCATS staff on financial disclosure, official duty activities, outside activities and all areas relevant to the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. In both of her roles, she facilitates a wide range of administrative and management initiatives across the EMAB functions that support the Center’s mission.
Wood began her NIH career in 2008 as an ethics specialist with the Ethics Office of the NIH Office of the Director Executive Office (ODEO), where she served as the ODEO point of contact for various Institutes and Centers, such as the National Cancer Institute, the Center for Scientific Review, the National Institute of Nursing Research, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. At ODEO, Wood served as the records and risk management liaison and served on committees and working groups to improve the ethics program administrative processes and procedures.
Wood earned her Bachelor’s degree in social science from Coppin State University in 2005 and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Baltimore in 2007.
Wood’s areas of interest span a wide range of public administration topics, including leadership, change management, strategic planning and policy development. She is dedicated to fully supporting NCATS’ staff in the fulfillment of the Center’s mission.