John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation. Hood is also chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation. Hood helped found JLF in 1989 and served as its president from 1995 – 2014.
Since 1986, Hood has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy for North Carolina newspapers. It appears regularly in newspapers in dozens of communities and cities across the state. Hood also serves as a weekly panelist on “NC SPIN,” a political talk show broadcast statewide on UNC-TV and commercial radio stations. He is also the author of seven books. The most recent one is Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans (2015).
A former Bradley Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, Hood writes and frequently comments 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 as well as newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
At JLF, Hood created the E.A. Morris Fellowship for Emerging Leaders, which prepares young North Carolinians for leadership roles in the public and private sectors. He also serves on the faculty and as board chairman of the NC. Institute of Political Leadership; as co-chair of the North Carolina Leadership Forum, based at Duke University; as vice-chair of the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal; and on the boards of directors of the State Policy Network, the Student Free Press Association, and North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform.
Hood received his BA in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
He earned a MA in liberal studies and a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from UNC-Greensboro. Hood currently serves on the UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Visitors. He is a Mecklenburg County native and now resides in Wake County with his wife, two sons, and a stepdaughter.