John Hood is president of the John William Pope Foundation, a Raleigh-based grantmaker that supports public policy organizations, educational institutions, arts and cultural programs, and humanitarian relief. He helped found the John Locke Foundation in 1989 and later served as its president. Mr. Hood is the author of several books, including Catalyst: Jim Martin and the Rise of North Carolina Republicans and Our Best Foot Forward: An Investment Plan for North Carolina’s Economic Recovery. He has written a syndicated column on politics and public policy that appears in North Carolina publications including the Winston Salem Journal and High Point Enterprise and has written articles that have appeared in The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. He writes and comments frequently for National Review and its blog, “The Corner.” Mr. Hood is chairman of the board at the John Locke Foundation, a North Carolina think tank. He also serves on the board of directors for the NC Institute of Political Leadership, the Student Free Press Association, and the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. Mr. Hood earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.