Patty Wood

Patty has dedicated her life to changing discriminatory and outdated educational systems with a laser focus on what really matters: the children.

An engineer and physicist by trade, Patty is particularly interested in evidence-based evaluation systems and leadership team development. She brings to our organization a strong background in social justice and operational excellence.

A Pacific Northwest native, Wood has deep knowledge of the region’s education landscape. Prior to becoming Education Northwest’s CEO, she served as board chairperson for the organization and has been a board member for the last six years.

I believe in the mission and the work Education Northwest has done since its founding over 50 years ago. I am passionate about centering our work in equitable practices and am very excited and enthusiastic about focusing on strengthening our partnerships and building relationships with our communities so we can help improve education for all students in the region.

Chief Executive Officer

Blog Posts

Update From Patty Wood, Education Northwest CEO


April 30th, 2020

As we move from weeks to months of social distancing, school closures, and remote work—and we envision an education system fundamentally changed by the COVID-19 pandemic—Education Northwest is responding to our partners’ changing needs. Today, school and district leaders have transitioned from the...

From Patty Wood, Education Northwest CEO


March 17th, 2020

To our partners, clients, and friends, As we enter uncharted waters and learn as a society how to cope with the realities and requirements of living through the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to share what we are doing at Education Northwest. Like you, we are prioritizing the health and safety of our...