Jody is currently the Director of Convention & Cultural Services for the City of Sacramento, CA.
Prior to Sacramento she served as President of the Arts Council of Fort Worth for 7 years and 10 years as the cultural service director for the City of Tempe, Arizona. Through her strong leadership and vision, a number of partnerships and programs were initiated, including the passage of a sales tax dedicated to the development and funding of a $66 million performing and visual arts center.
Her Department currently manages convention operations and a range of associated services for the municipality. This includes administration of physical facilities at the Convention Center, the Center Theater, a 2,452-seat venue that hosts the Sacramento Ballet, the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sacramento Opera, and national touring artists; and the Memorial Auditorium and Jean Runyon Little Theater, 3,800- and 272-seat venues respectively, used for events, concerts and theater performances. The Department has a budget of $18M, and oversees a staff of 245. In addition, the department has an extremely close working relationship with the Crocker Art Museum, Fairytale Town, Sacramento Zoo, Powerhouse Science Center, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, Historic Old Sacramento Foundation, Sacramento Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, The Sacramento Region Performing Arts Alliance, and many other non-profit organizations.