Chris Wood

Chris Wood

Executive Director
LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute

Chris serves as the Executive Director and co-founder of the LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute (LGBT Tech). LGBT Tech conducts research, develops resources and programs and increases awareness of LGBT issues around technology in policy conversations. LGBT Tech also brings together cutting edge tech companies, nonprofit organizations, policy makers, scholars and innovators to improve access, increase inclusion, ensure safety and empower entrepreneurship for LGBT communities around technology.

Chris’s passion for technology and the solutions it provides has been woven throughout his career in broadcast television marketing, print marketing, non-profit strategic partnerships and non-profit management. Chris has launched several businesses, opening his first at 21.

Chris faced a life altering event in 2010 that would kick his passions into overdrive. Chris entered the lobby of his employer to find himself staring down the barrel of a gun in the hands of a derange suicide bomber. In what the FBI would later determine is the first time a suicide bomber has taken hostages in the United States. Chris contemplated his life while crafting an escape plan. After 4 hours standing feet from a man strapped with pipe bombs, Chris initiated his plan freeing the other two hostages and himself. That experience lead Chris to realize that life is short and we all have it in ourselves to change the world and make a difference.

Diverse representation is a priority for us. We're proud to say that our Summit speakers are 80% queer women, 50% women of color, 25% Black & Latinx, and 15% transgender and gender nonconforming.