Ralph Wood, Jr. is a native of Columbus, Ohio and currently resides in our nation’s capital (Washington, DC).    

Mr. Wood has nearly 15 years of experience with the U.S. Federal Government in the Departments of Commerce, Treasury and Homeland Security sectors. He currently serves as a Program Manager for the United States Customs and Border Protection. In this capacity, Wood is responsible for Office of Field Operations institutional business and technical support functions which includes planning, directing and coordinating customs policies on a day-to-day basis. Mr. Wood earned a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Lobbying and Government Relations at The Ohio State University (GO BUCKS!) and holds a Bachelor of Sociology and Political Science from Wright State University. Aside from his busy work schedule, he loves travel, fine dining, sports, spending time with his dog (Bailey), family and friends. "I try to live by the pay it forward mantra in life which is to pay kindness forward every day and make each day a little bit brighter to someone." –Ralph Wood. Jr.

Advisory Board

We thank our Advisory Board Member for devoting their time & talents to support the Foundation!

Vincent L. Briley | Assistant Dean of Access & Completion at Cuyahoga Community College, Eastern Campus

Terrell Danzy Guide2Grow, LLC, President

Rev. Loversier Lewis | Second Baptist Church (Lorain, OH), Pastor

Joseph & Tanya McFadden | Ambassador and Community Member

Jahleel Moon | Boys and Girls Club (Lorain, OH), Director of Professional Development

Jimmy Moon Ambassador and Community Member

Paa-Kofi Obeng, D.O., MPH | Paa-Kofi Obeng D.O., MPH, LLC, CEO

Martha Pye Ambassador and Community Member


Michelle Spotts-Hayes | Former Garfield Elementary School, Principal

Tamara Staley | Mayo Medical Laboratories Clinical Specialty, Representative

Angela Strickland Home Care with a Heart, CEO

Shakita Trigg, CSSGB, SA | FedEx Ground, International Engineering Manager 

Megan Young | Garfield Elementary School, Principal