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Joshua Wood '05 (Government)
Executive Director, Region Builders, a trade association focused
on job creation and maximizing economic growth
FIRST JOB: Digging fire trenches
When it comes to innovation, he thinks small
"There are two ways to look at an organization—one is to build
and one is to be responsible," Wood says. "Instead of building a big
staff, we're building connections and coalitions."
All politics is local
The association interacts frequently with local city and county
governments. And it has the largest business PAC in region. "We
want to elect people who have the same vision for creating jobs
that we do."
He's not afraid to ruffle feathers
"If we're being seen as the hero or villain, we're not concerned.
We want to be able to set the table." The group has worked to
overturn Sacramento's 'big box' store ban and opposed the Arena
STOP committee, which sought to block the new arena for the
Sacramento Kings. Wood says
the arena will bring in 4,000 jobs
and $11.5 billion in economic
But he can also tread lightly
The best advice he ever
received: "Never burn a bridge.
You might have to crawl back
He credits his term as Sac State student body president for his
"It was a huge experience in learning to run a company—
dealing with administration, non-profit organizations, budgets. It's
the reason I'm where I am."
But he might have had to forgo the experience if he'd lost a coin
toss to his twin brother, Luke.
Both were active in Associated Students and both wanted to run
for president. It came down to a coin-flip, and though best two out
of three eventually stretched out to best of 10, Josh prevailed.
"Never burn a bridge.
You might have to crawl
back over it."