Dr. Anika Warren Wood is Operating Partner and Chief Organizational Effectiveness Officer at Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRK), responsible for driving organizational effectiveness to maximize the impact on DRK’s portfolio and optimize team performance, culture, productivity, and scale. Together with DRK colleagues, Anika developed and currently sustains board sourcing, executive coaching, leadership evaluations, organizational assessments, and strategic engagement programs to help portfolio organizations achieve impact at scale.
Before joining DRK, Anika was Founding President and CEO of the Warren Group LLC (established in 2011), providing strategic consulting, executive coaching, career counseling, and psychological services to corporations, universities, nonprofits, and individuals domestically and internationally. From 2013 through 2017, Dr. Wood served as Senior Associate Vice President of Foundation and Corporate Relations in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Drexel University. In that position, she led Drexel’s philanthropic fundraising and strategic engagement with foundations and corporations – co-raising nearly $100 million for FCR and over $400 million for OIA by working closely with Drexel’s president, senior leaders, deans, other academic administrators, faculty, executive directors of centers and research institutions, and external stakeholders. Anika served as graduate-level faculty in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University for six years. She also served as graduate-level faculty in the Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, Senior Associate Vice President of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Drexel University, and Senior Director of Global Member Services and Research at Catalyst Inc.
Anika has a B.B.A. in Finance from Howard University, an M.A. and an M.Ed. in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. She has published book chapters, articles, and clinical training videos and served as a board member for nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Anika currently serves on the board of DRK grantees FreeFrom, Labhya Foundation, Lessonbee, Worth Rises, and Represent Justice and is a member of Kokoro’s Future Mental Health Collective. She previously served on the board of Compton Dance Theatre Foundation and Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School in Philadelphia, PA and DRK grantees The Common Market and Teaching Lab.