Independence Blue Cross
City of Philadelphia
Managing Director’s Office
City of Philadelphia
Jody joined the Fund as its Executive Director in 2019. She most recently served as the deputy chief for climate and safety at the School District of Philadelphia — a position she took after completing a three-year fellowship at the School District of Philadelphia through the Stoneleigh Foundation.
Jody has also held youth-focused roles within the Court of Common Pleas (Family and Criminal Divisions) and the City of Philadelphia’s law department and served as a consultant for the Southeast Regional Office of Children, Youth, and Families of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.
Trudi joined the Fund in 2000. As Finance Manager, she oversees the Fund’s accounting, financial records, grant distribution, and oversight of its accounting system. She brings to the Fund more than 20 years of experience in personal banking, including tax accounting and branch management. Trudi studied financial management and has a General Banking diploma from the American Institute of Banking. She currently serves as Vice President of the Board for Thrivent Financial, a nonprofit organization that offers financial advice and services while supporting social causes. She has previously held the Board President and Financial Director positions at Thrivent Financial.
Emily joined the Fund in 2014. As Deputy Director, Emily oversees all grant and contract management for the Fund. She drives the Fund’s grantmaking efforts and supports its governance strategy, client management, and daily operations.
Emily brings five years of development experience to this role, having previously worked in fundraising and nonprofit administration at several Philadelphia and New York cultural institutions. Most recently, she worked in capital campaign planning and operations for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Emily holds a degree in Individualized Study from New York University, where she studied Art History and Museum Studies.
Rachel joined the Fund in 2022. As Grants & Strategy Officer, she leads communications, helps to implement organizational strategy, and supports grant and contract management.
Prior to working at the Fund, Rachel spent six years at Opera Philadelphia leading strategy, portfolio management, and internal and external communications for executive leadership. She also supported operations, administration, and event management within the Development department. Earlier in her career, Rachel worked closely with leadership at Esperanza Inc. and Al Día News Media to manage relationships, special projects, and events. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Rowan University, along with a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from American University.