Jeanne Woodford is the Executive Director of Death Penalty Focus. Previously, she served as the Undersecretary and Director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and Warden of San Quentin State Prison, where she oversaw four executions.
Woodford began her career as a California correctional officer in 1978 at San Quentin State Prison. She was appointed Warden of San Quentin State Prison by Governor Davis in 1999. She developed and implemented programs for prisoners including The Success Dorm, the first reentry program in a California prison.[clarification needed] She also served as Chief Deputy Warden and Associate Warden at San Quentin State Prison. The New York Times profiled Woodford for her unorthodox approach as warden of San Quentin.
In 2004, Woodford was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
- Woodford, Jeanne (10/2/2008) "Death Row Realism"  Los Angeles Times
- Doyle, Jim (2/8/2002) "San Quentin warden Jeanne Woodford committed to providing education for inmates"  San Francisco Chronicle
- Martin, Mark (6/21/2004) "New director of state prisons believes in rehabilitating, not recycling, inmates"  San Francisco Chronicle
- Sheff, David (3/14/2004) "The Good Jailer"  The New York Times
- Martin, Mark and Pamela Podger (2/20/2004) "[San Quentin's warden to head prison systemhttp://articles.sfgate.com/2004-02-20/news/17414173_1_jeanne-s-woodford-lance-corcoran-state-s-correctional-system|San Quentin's warden to head prison system]"  San Francisco Chronicle
- "Berkeley Center for Criminal Justice". Archived from the original on 2010-07-11. Retrieved 2011-03-29.