Speaker Profiles

Joan Woodward

Joan Woodward

President, Travelers Institute

Executive Vice President, Public Policy, Travelers

Joan Woodward is Executive Vice President of Public Policy for Travelers and President of The Travelers Institute. She is a member of the companyís Management Committee and Operating Committee, and also serves on The Diversity Council, and the Travelers Foundation Board. Joan also chairs the Travelers Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Committee.

Woodward joined Travelers in 2008 from Goldman Sachs to establish The Travelers Institute as the companyís thought leadership and public policy platform.

Prior to her current role, Woodward worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for ten years, where she was the founding Executive Director of the companyís Global Markets Institute, the firmís international public policy and institutional investor educational platform. She also served as Vice President and Director of Washington Equity and Bond Research for Goldman Sachsí Global Investment Research where Institutional Investor magazine recognized her as a top Washington analyst for investors.

Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Woodward worked on Capitol Hill for 12 years, as Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee working for Chairman Bill Roth, where she was instrumental in creating the Roth IRA. She also was the Chief Economist for the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and the U.S. House Budget Committee under Chairman John Kasich.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation, is a member of the Board of Overseers of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, and a member of the Presidentís National Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Export Council. Reactions Magazine named her to the Top 50 Women in Insurance, and in 2016, she was named to the Hot 100 in Insurance list by Insurance Business America Magazine. In 2017, she received the 2017 Power Womenís Leadership Award by NY Moves magazine.

Woodward holds bachelorís degrees in economics and political science and a masterís degree from The American University. She also studied at the University of London.

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