Episode 9

Published on:

8th Jun 2021

With Great Product comes Great Responsibility with Facebook's Erica Woods, State Policy Manager

In this episode, we interview Erica Woods, who is Manager of State Policy for Facebook. Her goal in this role is simple, which is to build trust, integrity, and community – even serving the local community in Northern Virginia.

Erica’s early professional career began as an attorney practicing in the areas of Banking and Real Estate Law - before later serving as counsel for the House of Representative Committee on Homeland Security, as well as later overseeing DHS as a political appointee under the Obama administration. Her journey led her toward an exciting path where she could apply her skills in the tech world with the exciting opportunity to join Facebook. 

Today, she’s responsible for legislative tracking and policy recommendations across all 50 U.S. states, while also leading exciting initiatives to manage outreach on the state and local level for many Facebook initiatives, including those aimed to helping both individuals, but also businesses. 

Facebook as certainly seen plenty of attention in the past year. Erica helps to outline the various programs, initiatives, and efforts that Facebook is leading today – including:

Facebook Community Boost – which focuses on helping to upskill individuals, but also advise entrepreneurs on how to get the most out of the internet – with the aim of helping to maximize opportunities to grow the local economy.

Initiatives to help make Facebook a resource of authoritative information – including an increased investment in Fact Checking

Facebook’s efforts to support their users with resources and information related to COVID-19, vaccinations, and more with their COVID-19 Information Center.

An ongoing commitment to data privacy, creating a safe and open platform, but also increased transparency – including comments on internet reform.

Businesses looking to get in touch, or take advantage of these resources, can visit the Facebook for Business home page to start to connect. 

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About the Podcast

The NoVA Business Podcast
A series of interviews with Northern Virginia's most influential business leaders.
The NoVA Business podcast is a stream of interviews with NoVA's leading entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives.

Northern Virginia is America’s best-known secret. With Ranking #1 in the nation for workforce and education and #3 for business friendliness, NoVA is a hotspot for the world’s top talent and entrepreneurs. There's no question why companies like Amazon and Capital One call NoVA home for their headquarters.

On this podcast, we will share the inspiring stories of leaders who are shaping the community around us. Listen to the challenges they have overcome, the lessons learned, and the vision they have moving forward. Get ready for a series of epic conversations!

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About your hosts

Jessica Du Bois

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Jessica Du Bois is a consultant and advisor for employee benefits, working with dozens of companies in the D.C. region. Creating The NoVA Business Podcast became one of Jessica's goals after working with many of the incredible business leaders in Northern Virginia.

The podcast is a collection of stories that tell us the trials and successes that have formed the community around us. No gimmicks. No paid interviews. Just real-life storytelling of the friends and leaders that inspire you.

When Jessica isn't interviewing for the podcast or advising on benefits, you can find her coaching boxing classes or training for her next half marathon.

Derek Winn

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As a corporate health care strategist, Derek has had the unique opportunity to partner with hundreds of leading and admired businesses across Northern Virginia. Given his role, he has been able to witness and support businesses during the best of times as well as the worst of times.

These stories are the fuel for the Northern Virginia Business Podcast - the only podcast focused exclusively on the founders, leaders, and heroes in our own backyard of Northern Virginia.

These stories are intended to captivate and inspire those who continue to shape the landscape of Northern Virginia.

While he spends the majority of his time working in Fairfax, he has the most fun at home in Warrenton with his family.