John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation. 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. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 to 2014. 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.
Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy that regularly appears in newspapers in more than 60 North Carolina communities. He also serves as a weekly panelist on “NC SPIN,” a political talk show broadcast on tv and radio statewide.
Hood is the author of seven books including Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans (2015), 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), and The Heroic Enterprise: Business and the Common Good (1996), among others.
Hood writes and comments frequently for national media outlets, particularly National Review and its blog “The Corner.” His articles have appeared in 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. He also serves on the faculty and board of directors at the N.C. Institute of Political Leadership; on the boards of the State Policy Network, the Student Free Press Association, and the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal; and as co-chair of the North Carolina Leadership Forum, which is based at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.
Hood received his degree in journalism in from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Hood currently serves on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors and as chairman of the Carolina Liberty Foundation. He is a Mecklenburg County native and currently resides in Wake County with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.