Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Public Affairs
Michael Woody is Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Public Affairs of Visit Seattle, where he leads the development and execution of Visit Seattle’s community engagement initiatives with the organization’s 700-plus partners and sponsors. He serves as the organization’s government liaison with City of Seattle, King County, State of Washington and other municipalities. As a member of the senior leadership team, Woody oversees Visit Seattle’s public affairs and advocacy, partnership and destination services, and data and research teams.
Woody comes to Visit Seattle from Visit Galveston, where he served as Chief Tourism Officer – leading all departments within the Convention and Visitors Bureau, including Sales, Business Development, Sponsorships, Services, New Product Development, Marketing, Public Relations and Advocacy. Prior to Visit Galveston, he was Vice President of Community Relations & Development at Visit San Antonio.
With 36 years of leadership experience in hospitality and tourism, Woody brings a wealth of knowledge in operations, sales, marketing, communications, and public relations to his new role. His extensive background also includes running operations for a global meetings association and serving as publisher of all inflight magazines for American Airlines.
Woody holds a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from The University of North Texas. Outside of his professional life, you can find him spending time outdoors, whether that’s running, golfing or skiing. He and his husband Kevin have a daughter, Lauren, and a Bernedoodle named Cooper