Nancy Wood grew up in Charlotte and attended Charlotte Central School. Three of her children graduated from both CCS and CVU. Her career has included working in marketing and customer service at Garden Way in the 1970s, business experience as the owner of Apple Mountain, a Burlington retail store, and serving as executive director of the Burlington Business Association. She has served as Town Lister and Auditor in Charlotte, and City Councilor and State Legislator in Burlington. Nancy had previously been a member of the youth group that started The Charlotte News and served briefly as its first editor. She was also the publisher of Vermont Times in the 1990s and returned to The Charlotte News in 2009 as a board member and then editor for four years.