A. Bailey Wood is currently the President and CEO of the Commercial Vehicle Training Association (CVTA). CVTA is the largest association representing commercial truck driver training programs in the United States, representing over 225 schools in 43 states that collectively train nearly 60,000 commercial drivers annually. CVTA’s primary mission is to advance and support the commercial driver training industry through advocacy, educational programs, and certification programs to help members produce the safest drivers possible. Wood is responsible for the daily operation and long-term management of the association.
Wood recently served as the Director of Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA), a role that included policy development, intergovernmental relations, funding and grant review, and communications. He has extensive experience in a broad range of policy issues, media relations, communications, and federal funding mechanisms, with a focus on the transportation space.
He began his career on Capitol Hill with a foundation in both legislative and press roles, including serving as staff on two House committees (including the House Education and Workforce Committee) and a leadership office. His Hill career culminated as Communications Director for the House of Representatives’ Homeland Security Committee. Afterward, he was responsible for policy communications and advocacy for the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA). Mr. Wood handled issues such as the bankruptcies of GM and Chrysler, Cash-for-Clunkers, and several high-profile automaker recalls. Prior to returning to federal service, he led the communications team for the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association, a major player in transportation infrastructure policy and funding.
Hailing from central Pennsylvania, he holds a degree from Syracuse University. He, his wife, a successful lobbyist in her own right, and their two teenage daughters live in the Washington, DC suburbs.