Anthony Hood

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Anthony C. Hood (born in Birmingham) is an executive vice president and chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer for First Horizon Bank.

Hood studied electrical engineering at Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama. He began working at AmSouth Bank in 1996 and moved to BellSouth / AT&T as a network sales engineer from 1999 to 2010. Meanwhile he attended business school at UAB. He completed a bachelor of science in human resource management in 2002 and a master's of business administration in 2008. In 2011 Hood completed a Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and strategic management at the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration. He joined the faculty as an associate professor of management and conducted research on complex relationships within professional teams, developing a theoretical framework for the study of "multiplex conflict".

In 2013 Hood and his wife, Robin, founded NHabit Bush Hills, a community-developed database of abandoned properties in the Bush Hills neighborhood. They expanded the project city-wide with a grant from the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Hood leveraged that experience with workshops and certifications at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Stanford University, and Harvard Business School.

In 2017 Hood served on Randall Woodfin's transition team. He chaired the community engagement work group for Innovate Birmingham. In 2018 he joined the staff of UAB president Ray Watts' office as director of civic innovation.

Hood is also vice-chair of the Housing Authority of the Birmingham District board of commissioners, and a member of the board of directors of the Birmingham Education Foundation. He has been actively involved with the Montvale, New Jersey-based nonprofit The PhD Project. He accepted his present position with First Horizon Bank in October 2020.

Hood was presented with a "Power of Leadership Award" from Alabama Power Company, and a "Game Changer" award from the Vulcans Community Awards in 2015. He was a member of the 2017 class of Leadership Birmingham.

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