Forty Under 40: Dina C. Wood

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Dina C. Woods drive to serve has brought her full circle. Wood, 39, grew up in Huntsville, worked in Washington, D.C., for several years and now heads up development for the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Her professional career began in Little Rock where she served as an assistant attorney general. In Washington, she worked at the White House in the Office of Presidential Personnel and later at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

The late Diane Blair was a mentor to Wood. Wood admired the energy that she dedicated to public policy initiatives that truly made a difference in peoples lives and the fact that Blair taught her students that public officials are accessible and they can work effectively with them no matter the party affiliation.

Wood holds a 1985 undergraduate degree and a 1988 law degree from the University of Arkansas.

Shes involved with the Washington County Democratic Women, Springdale Rotary and Arkansas and Washington County Bar associations and is a board member of the Circle of Life Hospice and the Palliative Care Clinic in Springdale.