Brent Woolfork is a director of Government Affairs at American Progress, where he works on policy issues related to national security, energy, environment, and education.
He has more than 13 years of public policy experience that includes time in the executive branch and more than a decade in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
Before joining American Progress, Woolfork was the managing director of congressional affairs at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s $22 billion development finance agency, where he was responsible for leading the legislative team’s engagement on Capitol Hill. Under his leadership, the agency successfully broadened its outreach to dozens of members and educated offices on the importance to U.S. national security of partnering with the private sector in development overseas.
Prior to OPIC, Woolfork spent 11 years in Congress. He served as a senior adviser on two House committees, including six years as a senior professional staff member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he advised on a range of issues, such as energy, environment, Central Asia, the international affairs budget, State Department operations, and international broadcasting. Woolfork wrote legislation signed into law to improve diplomatic security at the State Department and contributed to successful legislation to bolster U.S. support for Ukraine.
He previously was a legislative and administrative aide for Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), where he covered judicial, education, immigration, telecommunications, and homeland security issues, and worked on East Asian security at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Woolfork holds a master of science degree from Georgetown University and a bachelor of arts in international relations from Rollins College. He is an active member of the International Career Advancement Program Alumni Association Board.