The Minority Leaders Podcast is proud to partner with Women in Government Relations (WGR) and the Professional Women in Advocacy Conference on special episodes featuring 2021 recipients of theExcellence in Advocacy Awards. The theme of this year's virtual conference, which will take place October 18-20, is "Women Firsts – Leaeding the Way."
In this episode, host Algene Sajery interviews 2021 Lifetime Achievement Awardee Jody Thomas, to learn about her work, discover what motivates her, and glean her advice to the next generation of women advocates.
Jody has served as Executive Director of National Foundation for Womn Legislators (NFWL) since December 2013. As such, she is responsible for the leadership and management of NFWL according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. Prior to that, she was National Finance Director of two presidential campaigns, managed numerous issue-oriented groups and a vast array of special events, campaigns and committees. Jody was a partner at a public affairs firm for six years. For eight years she managed all fundraising and political activity for Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts. She was then appointed by President George W. Bush as Director of Public Liaison for the Office of Personnel Management. Jody holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.