Andrea Wood is the Head of Social Impact at Best Buy. In this role, she leads Best Buy’s social impact initiatives focused on helping teens from underserved areas prepare for the tech-reliant jobs of the future.
Prior to coming to Best Buy, Andrea served in a similar role on the Community Relations team at Target. She has also served in various corporate communications leadership roles at Target and Travelers Insurance and has more than a decade of experience in program management and fundraising for local Twin Cities nonprofit organizations.
Andrea holds a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Nonprofit Management from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in English Literature from Kalamazoo College. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Clubhouse Network in Boston, the YWCA in Minneapolis, and the Advisory Board for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.
A native of Washington, D.C., Andrea has lived in Minneapolis for the past 25 years. She has two children and a husband who loves to take adventurous vacations. For fun, she teaches group fitness classes at Lifetime Fitness and enjoys outings with her all-women’s Cycle and Ski Club.
Chad Nico Hiu
YMCA of the USA
Chad Nico Hiu
YMCA of the USA
Chad Nico Hiu [@chadnico] is a Hawaii-born New Yorker and student of the world having served with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Diversity, Inclusion & Global (DIG) team since 2011 and is national Director of Diversity & Inclusion. With an amazing team, Chad helps to build local, state-wide and national capacity to engage diverse, underserved and marginalized communities, co-leads strategy and support of Y-USA’s DIG Innovation Network, and leads integration of inclusion and equity strategies towards community bridge building and social cohesion for all in the 10,000 communities the Y serves across the U.S.
Previously, Chad served as Director of International Operations & Youth Exchanges for the YMCA of Greater New York, where he was part of an era of dynamic growth in cultural exchanges, collaborations, and global education/inclusion programming. A strategic, effective and passionate NGO professional of nearly twenty years, Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services Administration & Youth Development and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College in Massachusetts.
Chad has traveled to 37 countries on almost every continent of the world, participated in the globally recognized Semester at Sea study abroad program, volunteered with the CASA YMCA youth shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, represented Y-USA in global settings and the World YMCA at the United Nations, keynoted at numerous national events, lived in Hong Kong for two years and served as Youth Director with the YMCA of Honolulu. Chad can be reached at email@example.com and lives in Chicago, Illinois with his partner of nine years.