Dr. Caira Woods

Dr. Caira Woods, Ph.D. is Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she develops and advances the foundation’s U.S. Economic Mobility and Opportunity strategy, a national effort to increase the number and range of actors committed to dramatically increasing mobility from poverty. Dr. Woods oversees investment portfolios dedicated to improving public understanding of mobility barriers and solutions as well as enabling greater coordination in the field. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Woods served in senior advisory roles at the White House and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she provided leadership on policy priorities including opioids, advancing equity and empowerment, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women. In addition, Dr. Woods previously held positions at the U.S. House of Representatives; National Institutes of Health; and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Dr. Woods is a proud alumna of New York University and Spelman College, and serves on the boards of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center and Thompson-Markward Hall.