Ambassador William B. Wood was the State Department coordinator for implementation of sanctions on Iran from 2010 to 2013. He was the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from 2007 to 2009, and the U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from 2003 to 2007. He was the Principal Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs from 1998 to 2002. He was a member of the teaching faculty at the National War College from 2009 to 2010.
Wood has been a professional Foreign Service officer for more than 35 years. He has served abroad in Latin America, Europe, South Asia, and in multilateral organizations, including the United Nations, where he was the chief U.S. negotiator in the Security Council. He has served in four conflict or post-conflict situations in Uruguay, El Salvador, Colombia, and Afghanistan. In Washington, he has served on a number of functional and regional desks. His areas of experience include multilateral affairs, international economics and development, international law enforcement, and politico-military affairs, including low intensity conflict and peacekeeping.. Wood has received the Department of State's meritorious and superior honor awards on repeated occasions. In 2002 he received the Distinguished Service Award, the highest award offered by the Department of State. In 2010 he received the Presidential Award for Distinguished Service.
Wood was born August 7, 1950. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Bucknell University in 1973, and a Master of Business Administration degree, with a specialization in international finance, from the George Washington University in 1975.