Today, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Calif.) announced the promotion of Jenny Wood to serve as Deputy Chief of Staff in her Washington DC office.
Wood has been a key aide for Congresswoman Bass going back to her time as Speaker of the California State Assembly. Upon Congresswoman Bass' election to Congress in 2010, Wood transitioned from serving as District Director for the Speaker's Office in California to Director of Operations and Legislative Assistant in Washington DC.
"Jenny has been an invaluable asset to me first in the State Assembly and now in Congress," said Congresswoman Bass. "She is a truly talented and dedicated public servant with a strong desire to make sure that the voices of those most in need are not crowded out by special interests who sometimes hold too much sway in politics. I'm pleased to announce her well-deserved promotion and look forward to working with her in the coming years and months to fight for progress in getting our economy back on track, protecting the social safety net and ensuring progress is made on key issues like reforming the nation's foster care system."
As Director of Operations and Legislative Assistant, Wood coordinated strategic projects for the office and served as the primary staff member on a variety of policy matters including child welfare, human services, transportation, housing, and the environment.
She is also the lead staffer for the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, a bipartisan caucus in the House of Representatives with more than 80 members committed to identifying policies to improve the nation's foster care system. The caucus was founded by Congresswoman Bass during her first term in Congress.
After growing up in Southern California, Jenny attended UCLA where she served as Student Body President and completed the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs before beginning work in state government."