Dewberry announced that Heather Wood has been hired as the business development director for the firm's ports and intermodal division in the southeast and mid-Atlantic regions. She is based in the firm's Virginia Beach office.

Wood brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the ports and maritime industries, related to sustainability, environmental and government affairs, strategic engagement, and public policy. In her new role, she is responsible for the growth and development of the firm's ports and intermodal clients across the two regions. Prior to joining the firm, Wood was a vice president and the director of sustainability for the Port of Virginia, and most recently a principal and national ports market leader for Kennedy/Jenks Consultants. Throughout her career, she has contributed to the advancement of environmental and sustainability programs and public policy efforts for numerous ports and terminal operators, including the ports of Virginia and Los Angeles.

"Adding Heather to our team allows us the opportunity to provide additional sustainability and resilience services as well as regulatory and stakeholder engagement strategies to ports and intermodal clients. Her hands-on expertise in addressing the needs of the maritime and freight industry is critical to the expansion of our ports and intermodal service offerings," says Dewberry National Director of Ports and Intermodal Rachel Vandenberg, PE.

Wood is a graduate of Randolph-Macon Women's College (1991), and holds a master of arts in marine affairs from the University of Virginia (2000) and a master in business administration from the College of William and Mary (2004). She is the vice chairman of the Commonwealth of Virginia's State Water Control Board; vice chairman of the St. Margaret's School board of governors; member of the governance committee for the Williams School board of directors; member of the advisory board for the Women's Transportation Seminar, Hampton Roads chapter; a 2008 graduate of LEAD Virginia and 2003 graduate of LEAD Hampton Roads; and a member of the American Association of Port Authorities, Virginia Maritime Association, and CIVIC Hampton Roads. Wood is also a MacDonnell Group Certified Port Executive.