Meet the NFWL Staff

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Jody Thomas

Jody Thomas | Executive Director

Jody has served as Executive Director of 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. She directs the day-to-day management of all policy, programming, communications, administrative, financial and fundraising activities. 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. You can email her at jody@womenlegislators.org.

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Allison Jensen | Director of Membership & Operations

Allison began her journey with NFWL in September of 2014 as part of the Communications team and has continued to grow in her role with the foundation. Presently, she is responsible for leading the foundation’s membership strategy and managing the day-to-day operational facets of NFWL to ensure the success of the foundation. Allison oversees the management of all processes related to membership recruitment and engagement, builds positive relations with members, and facilitates activities for the foundation committees.  She serves as an overall project leader, providing programming & logistical oversight for a variety of NFWL programs and events. Allison also handles all coordination matters for the day to day management and performance of all back-office functions, as well as recruiting & supervising the foundation interns. Allison graduated with her B.S. in Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she was the Founder and President of a young advocate student organization and was recognized as Outstanding Senior. She is also avidly involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, and serves on the Junior Board of Directors for their National Capital Area Chapter. You can email her at allison@womenlegislators.org.

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Renee Dabbs | Strategy and Membership Development

Renee leads all NFWL projects related to strategy and the best approach to achieving the organization’s goals. She has spent a career working at the highest level to insure that organizations, like NFWL, drive results. She is the principal at Renee Dabbs, LLC where she provides clients with strategic, operational and sales expertise. She has a passion for leading organizations to exceed expectation as well as deliver sustainable results. She brings order to chaos. Renee has spent a lifetime supporting women and is the founder of WEWILL Symposium where she helps women become more engaged in the political process. She also is a board member of Women’s Exchange, an organization that works toward getting more women government appointments. Renee’s business background includes serving as the COO of a top tier Republican media production firm in Florida. Before that she built a sixteen-year track record of success with Procter and Gamble, rising to a senior management position with oversight of a $220 million business and a multi-million dollar marketing client. You can email her at renee@womenlegislators.org.

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Emily Horak | Communications Coordinator

In September 2015, Emily began interning with NFWL and over the past year has grown into her newest role as the Communications Coordinator. She is dedicated to ensuring that NFWL remains in constant contact with members through dynamic online content. Working directly with NFWL staff and members, Emily helps to facilitate the Office Depot Backpack program each year while managing her additional responsibilities, which include managing social media accounts, assisting in the planning of foundation events, communicating with members about upcoming programming opportunities, and aiding in daily operational tasks. Emily is currently a student at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. where she majors in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy. Her work with NFWL has inspired her to also add a Women’s Studies minor to her degree program. You can email her at emily@womenlegislators.org.

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Brenna Sculley | Policy & Programming Consultant

Brenna Kehew Sculley joined the NFWL team in August of 2016. She plays an integral role in planning the program for the Annual Conference, and helping to shape the general policy outlook for the organization. With seven years immersed in state policy, she has developed a particular passion for nonpartisan collaboration and supporting women in power. Most recently, Brenna served as the Associate Director of Policy and Programs at Women In Government, where she directed the conference and state briefing programming, website content, social media, and policy resource creation for the organization. Previously, she honed her communications skills as an intern at the American University Graduate School of Communications, worked on congressional advocacy as an intern with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility, and has been a regular volunteer for campaigns on both sides of the aisle.  Brenna currently resides in Hartford, CT, with frequent trips back to DC, where she provides consulting and grant writing services for non-profit groups. You can email Brenna at brenna@womenlegislators.org.