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SMCC Graduation Keynote Speaker – Corey Woods

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Corey Woods is the Chief of Staff at ASU Preparatory Academy. He is responsible for assisting the CEO with day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Woods previously served as the Chief Operating Officer for the Greater Phoenix Urban League, Director of College and Career Articulation for the Phoenix Union High School District and Director of Government Relations for the American Lung Association of Arizona.
His personal commitment to community service extends to board memberships for many organizations including Newtown Community Development Corporation, Children’s Action Alliance, Landings Credit Union, Mulligan’s Manor and the Downtown Tempe Foundation. Woods is also an emeritus board member of Equality Arizona, active member and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, and former two-term board president of the Tempe Boys and Girls Club – Ladmo Branch.

Woods served as a Councilmember for the City of Tempe from July 2008 – July 2016. He was elected to the Tempe City Council in May 2008 and reelected in March 2012. Woods was instrumental in guiding city policy that led to Tempe’s perfect score in the Human Rights Campaign’s “Municipal Equality Index.” He championed initiatives in the areas of affordable housing and human services while working tirelessly to improve community development standards to attract business investment and protect neighborhoods.
Woods graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in April 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in African-American Studies. After college, Woods was a teaching assistant at ASU for three years. In May 2018, Woods earned a Master of Arts in Educational Policy from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton College of Education.