Director Kamillah Wood, M.D.

A practicing community pediatrician, Dr. Kamillah Wood previously served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer for the Children’s Health Fund (CHF) and Senior Vice President for Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF). In this capacity, Wood became a nationally renowned policy expert on the intersection of health and housing. By using “housing as a platform” to increase health equity and improve outcomes for SAHF’s residents, she facilitated partnerships with the health sector and informed policymakers on critical issues on the intersection of health and housing. In doing so, Wood elevated the understanding that a safe and stable home is a key social determinant of health.

Wood brings a diverse experience in clinical practice, public health, and public policy to her work. Prior to her roles at CHF and SAHF, she was appointed as special policy advisor and White House fellow to Secretary Anthony Foxx at the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). Here, Wood advised senior officials on the intersection of health and transportation, as well as economic mobility and equity. She was the DOT lead on an interagency initiative to promote socioeconomic integration in communities with the Department of Education and Department of Housing and Urban Development; and served as the agency representative to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.

Wood was previously associate medical director of mobile health programs at Children’s National Health System. In addition to managing the operations of the health center and mobile programs, she also led asthma quality improvement initiatives through the IMPACT DC program, started a civic engagement program for patients and families and instructed pediatric residents and students as an assistant professor of pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Wood completed her residency and was a chief resident at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received a doctor of medicine degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; a Master in Public Health degree from Harvard University School of Public Health as a Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellow in Minority Health Policy; and a Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University.