2019 John Jay Award Honoree
Alisa Amarosa Wood CC’01, BUS’08 is a veteran of the private equity industry, starting as an intern while she was attending Columbia College. After several years at Deutsche Bank’s Private Equity Group, she joined Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. in early 2003. During her 16 years at KKR, she has held a number of roles focusing on the business development and growth of the firm’s flagship private equity platform globally.
Today Wood leads the firm’s private markets product group, spanning private equity, growth equity, and core and real assets. She spends much of her time in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, building client partnerships and providing client solutions. Wood chairs KKR’s Mixed Business Approval Group, which oversees the expansion and formation of new products and partnerships across the firm. She is also a member of the firm’s Inclusion and Diversity Advisory Group.
Wood is a member of the Columbia College Board of Visitors and the Business School’s Private Equity Board, and is a vice-chair of the Convent of the Sacred Heart Board of Trustees, the Sloane Hospital for Women’s Advisory Board, the Private Equity Women’s Investor Network Steering Committee and the Nantucket Historical Association Board of Trustees.
As a born-and-bred New Yorker, Wood continues to reside in NYC with her husband, Alastair Wood (’01), who lived a floor above her in John Jay Hall during their freshman year at the College. Together they have three children: Alastair (9), Maggie (7) and Teddy (5).