Joan Woodward (Speaker)
EVP, Public Policy & President, Travelers Institute
Joan Woodward is President of The Travelers Institute and Executive Vice President of Public Policy for The Travelers Companies, Inc. She is a member of the company’s Executive Management Committee and Operating Committee, and serves on the Risk Committee and the Travelers Foundation Board.
Woodward joined Travelers in 2008 from Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she was the founding Executive Director of the company’s Global Markets Institute. During her ten years at Goldman Sachs, she also established the Washington Research operation for the firm, serving as its first Vice President and Director of Washington Research within the Global Investment and Economic Research division. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Woodward worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, as well as Chief Economist for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, and the U.S. House of Representatives Budget Committee.
She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is Vice Chairman of the Board of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, and a member of the President’s National Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Council. She is engaged with numerous community and charitable groups and was a recipient of the 2009-2010 David Rockefeller Fellowship. Woodward holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science and a master’s degree in public administration all from American University.