Amanda Wood is a lobbyist in the firm’s Government Law & Lobbying Practice Group in Washington, D.C. and represents municipal, corporate and nonprofit clients on matters related to transportation, economic development, natural resources, law enforcement, and social services. She previously served as Legislative Director to Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), where she was responsible for developing and implementing the Senator's legislative agenda and strategy. Amanda currently represents the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, ShotSpotter, MorphoTrak, Hitachi Data Systems, LRAD Corporation, the Florida counties of Sarasota and Collier, the City of Cape Coral, FL, and the Town of Davie, FL.
While serving as the Senator's chief advisor on federal appropriations, Ms. Wood worked closely with representatives from Florida cities, counties, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies to advocate for projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to research and cultural projects. Amanda also worked as a legislative assistant for the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida.
As a Senior Government Relations Consultant, Amanda's primary focus is assisting clients with federal funding needs. Her experience as senior legislative staff on Capitol Hill provides the skills to represent clients on matters ranging from post-hurricane FEMA policy changes to Everglades preservation.
Significant Client Accomplishments
U.S. Highway 331 and the Choctawhatchee Bay Bridge are the only routes in Walton County for residents from the southern portion of Walton County to travel to the northern portion. Amanda Wood assisted them in securing $332,500 in federal transportation funding to support additional design, right of way and construction to provide enhancements to this route in order to allow for additional capacity for evacuation purposes and regional economic development. This represented the first federal investment in this project and has since resulted in a re-prioritization of this project by Florida DOT and an expedited construction timetable.
Since the explosion and fire on BP’s Deepwater Horizon in the summer of 2010, Amanda Wood worked on behalf of Florida Counties to support legislation to compensate impacted counties and restore habitat. The RESTORE Act became law in the summer of 2012 and holds the parties responsible for the Gulf oil disaster accountable for restoring the Gulf. By investing fines owed by BP and the other parties responsible for the Gulf oil spill into the Gulf region, the RESTORE Act will provide significant financial resources to both Counties. Over a period of three fiscal years, Amanda Wood assisted Collier County in securing $2.1 million in federal funding for transportation infrastructure to support improvements to two key interchanges on I-75 at Everglades Boulevard and Collier Boulevard/SR 84. These improvements were critically needed to provide access to a route for safe evacuations from storms and fires as significant growth continues in Collier County.
In addition, for private sector clients, Amanda trains their sales teams to communicate effectively with their local government clients and helps them identify and pursue funds for local government acquisition needs. She provides strategic advice to sales teams and guides clients and prospects through the funding process, including review of grant applications. She achieves success through direct communication with sales targets and research regarding community-specific federal funding opportunities.
Activities and Memberships
Ms. Wood is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she received a B.S., Foreign Service. She is a longtime board member and former President of the Florida State Society, an organization that brings together Floridians who live and work in Washington, D.C., and served as Co-chair of the 2013 Florida Inaugural Ball Committee. She also serves on the Board of the Latin American Youth Center in Washington, DC.