[National Community Relations & Development Secretary, The Salvation Army]
Major George E. Hood was commissioned as an officer in The Salvation Army in 1968 and has since followed an extremely diverse career path that includes 25 years of non-profit leadership and an additional 15 years in corporate marketing and business administration. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ohio, Major Hood is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where he has earned a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in Business Management.
The Major currently serves at The Salvation Army National Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia as the National Community Relations & Development Secretary. In this role he holds administrative responsibility for all marketing communications, public relations, media relations, government relations, disaster services, foundation and corporate relations for The Salvation Army in the United States. He was appointed to National Headquarters in February, 2000.
While living in Southern California, George worked for three different direct marketing service providers, including TRW Target Marketing Services as Director of Alternate Channel Marketing; Equifax Direct Marketing Services as Director of Marketing; and the R. L. Polk Company as the Western Region Managing Director for their database marketing and market research business unit.
Major Hood’s non profit career includes Salvation Army assignments in Fitchburg, Massachusetts; Columbus, Ohio; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cleveland, Ohio; and Hempstead (Long Island), New York. Following his early career with The Salvation Army he moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where he became the National Director of Field Services and Marketing for the American Camping Association.
While working in corporate America, Mr. Hood found enough time in his busy schedule to perform consulting services for non-profit organizations and summer youth camps on strategic planning, organizational management and marketing. During this period he also served as the Consulting Executive Director of COPES, a non-profit agency in Santa Ana, California, dedicated exclusively to providing services to pre-school aged abused children and their families.
George Hood is a Past-President of the Orange Sunrise Rotary Club and also is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He is on the Board of Directors for the National Religious Broadcasters and the Odyssey Networks. He is an active member of the Direct Marketing Association and Christian Leadership Alliance.
Major Hood has been married to his wife Donna for 40 years and they have two adult sons. They have been blessed with two granddaughters, Lauren and Emily, and one grandson, Elliott.