Joan Kois Woodward is Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers and President of The Travelers Institute. The Travelers Institute was created in May 2009 as a means of participating in public policy dialogue on matters of interest to the property casualty insurance sector, as well as the financial services industry more broadly. The Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers' senior management and the technical expertise of its risk professionals and other experts to provide information, analysis and recommendations to public policymakers and regulators. Ms. Woodward is a member of the company's Management, Risk and Operating Committees and also serves on the Travelers Foundation Board.
Ms. Woodward joined Travelers in 2008 from Goldman Sachs & Co., where she was the founding Executive Director of the company's Global Markets Institute. During her nine years at Goldman Sachs, Ms. Woodward also served as Vice President and Director of Washington Research for Goldman Sachs' Global Investment Research. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Ms. Woodward worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years, serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance as well as Senior Economist for the U.S. Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs and the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget.
Ms. Woodward has bachelor's degrees in Economics and Political Science and a master's degree in Public Administration, all from the American University. She also studied at the University of London.
Ms. Woodward serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce. In July 2010, Ms. Woodward was appointed to the President's national Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Council. She is engaged with numerous community and charitable groups and is also a recipient of the 2009-2010 David Rockefeller Fellowship.
Ms. Woodward and her husband, Ned, have four children and live in Arlington, Va.