John Wood, Jr. is a writer, public intellectual, community advocate and political figure from Los Angeles, CA whose work has focused on creating dialogue and understanding between polarized communities.
In 2014 Wood was California’s youngest active nominee for congress, featured on programs like The Larry Elder Show and in publications such as The National Review Online. Subsequently Wood was elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County from December 2014 to May of 2016.
Tiring of the partisanship and cynicism of conventional party politics, Wood turned his attention to political depolarization. He now serves as director of media development at Better Angels. As a writer and speaker, Wood’s work has focused on race, religion, public policy, social commentary, the intersection of politics and science and political and moral philosophy. His writings have been featured in Quillette, Areo Magazine, Arc Digital, Better Angels Media, The Washington Times Communities, Reflections (a journal of the Yale School of Divinity), and Black Is Online.
Wood is the grandson of the late record industry pioneer Randy Wood, of Dot Records and Randy’s Record Shop fame. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and three children.