Tony Woods is a native of northern California. In 1999, he began his military career when he entered the United States Military Academy at West Point. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as an Army officer. Tony deployed twice as a platoon leader to Iraq from 2004 to 2005 and from 2005 to 2006. In 2006, Tony began graduate studies at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Tony graduated with a Master in Public Policy with emphasis on the strategic management of nonprofits and NGOs in 2008. Following graduate school, Tony worked as an assistant secretary to governor David Paterson of New York. Prior to joining ServiceNation, Tony was a candidate for Congress in the special election to fill the vacated seat left by Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher in California's 10th Congressional district (his home district).