Perry  Wood

Perry Wood

Executive Director
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Dr. Perry N. Wood is the executive director of the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority (ECGRA). Dr. Wood received his Doctorate in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education Policy from the University of Pittsburgh, MS in organizational leadership, and BA in political science from Mercyhurst University. He has served in an advisory capacity to the Brookings Metropolitan Planning Council, the Penn State Behrend Council of Fellows, and numerous elected officials. Co-author of a Jefferson Educational Society essay titled Erie’s Advanced Industries (2015), Dr. Wood is co-founder of the civic engagement forum, The Metro 100, and active in the research and policy development of regional economic and community development.


His professional accomplishments have been recognized in the books Our Towns: A 100,000-mile Journey into the Heart of America (2018) and The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism (2017). He has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 leader shaping Erie County’s future and is a graduate of both the Erie County Civic Leadership Academy and Leadership Erie.