John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief in North Carolina and beyond.
Hood is also chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank that issues reports, hosts events, produces broadcast programs, and publishes Carolina Journal, which serves an audience of half a million North Carolinians through its print, online, and radio editions as well as its Carolina Journal News Service for newspapers. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014.
Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers. It currently appears regularly in the Winston-Salem Journal, Greensboro News & Record, Raleigh News & Observer, Asheville Citizen-Times, Wilmington Star-News, and newspapers in 70 other communities. He also serves as a weekly panelist on “NC SPIN,” a political talk show broadcast on UNC-TV, and teaches at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Hood is the author of seven books. The most recent one is Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans(2015). Hood’s other books include Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina’s Economic Recovery(2012), Selling the Dream: Why Advertising is Good Business (2005), Investor Politics (2001), The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good (1996), and two volumes of family history.
Hood writes and comments frequently for national media outlets, particularly National Review and its blog “The Corner.” His articles have appeared in both magazines — such as Readers’ Digest, The New Republic, Military History, and Reason — and in newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune.
At JLF, Hood created the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, a yearlong program that prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in business, government, and nonprofits. He also serves on the faculty and as vice-chair of directors at the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership; as vice chair of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal; on the boards of the State Policy Network and the Student Free Press Association; and as co-chair of the North Carolina Leadership Forum, based at the Sanford School of Public Policy.
Hood received his degree in journalism in 1988 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he founded a magazine called The Carolina Critic was eventually published on six university campuses. Hood currently serves on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors and chairs the Carolina Liberty Foundation, which provides financial support to conservative and libertarian student groups at Chapel Hill.
He is a Mecklenburg County native and currently resides in Wake County with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.