Jody Rabhan is the Chief Policy Officer for the National Council of Jewish Women. As head of the organization’s government relations and advocacy work, Jody helps lead the organization’s advocacy efforts in Washington and plays a key role in mobilizing effective grassroots work on the organization’s issues and campaigns around the country. In her role as Chief Policy Officer, Jody works with the CEO and the board of directors to create policy and advocacy strategy for the organization.
Over the years, Jody has represented NCJW on national coalitions concerned with civil rights, economic justice issues, intimate partner violence, gun violence, and human trafficking among other issues. She speaks and trains on public policy and legislative issues to groups throughout the country, including Jewish communal organizations and other faith groups, youth groups, and advocacy groups in the general community.
Jody began her career at NCJW in 1994 as a Graduate Fellow in the Washington office. Following graduate school, Jody worked at the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington, the political arm of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She then worked at the National Council of Jewish Women’s Washington office where she remained for 6 years ultimately rising to Associate Director.
After taking time off to start a family, Jody returned to the workforce as an Independent Consultant, shepherding issue-based and development related projects for Jewish organizations in Washington, DC. In 2012 Jody returned full-time to NCJW as Deputy Director of Washington Operations, and in 2015 was promoted to the Director of Washington Operations.
Jody graduated from the Baltimore Institute for Jewish Communal Service with an M.A. in Social Work, an M.A. in Jewish Studies and a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from Boston University. Jody currently lives with her husband and two sons in Bethesda, Maryland.