Wood has served as the legislative director for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs since 2011. He will take over as the lead government liaison and lobbyist for the Traverse City Area Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, replacing Doug DeYoung who accepted a position last month with Consumers Energy.
“We’re excited to bring Kent’s energy and experience to the team at the Chamber and the Alliance,” Traverse City Area Chamber President & CEO Doug Luciani said. “His wide range of legislative work in Lansing and Northern Michigan combined with his local background make him an excellent choice for this key position as a voice for Northern Michigan’s business community with local, state and national officials.”
Wood, 29, is a Traverse City native who worked as the conservation organization’s chief lobbyist and contact with state and federal lawmakers, and developed and organized the MUCC’s policy strategy. Before that he served as a legislative director for state Rep. Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle, and as a director of constituent services for state Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City. Wood also served as Schmidt’s campaign manager for his successful state House bid in 2008.
“Working for the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce has been a dream of mine since growing up, and it’s an honor to be part of the Chamber team,” Wood said. “I am thrilled to be advocating for business and economic development in our area.”
While Wood already met with Alliance members in Traverse City last week, he’s still completing his duties for the MUCC in Lansing and expects to start in his new position in early November. Follow the Chamber Bulletin for updates, and to learn more about the legislative priorities of the Chamber Alliance click here.