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. 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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Renee Dabbs | Management & Leadership Consultant

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 ensure 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.

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Brenna Kehew Sculley | Director of Policy & Programming

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 nine years immersed in state policy, she has developed a particular passion for nonpartisan collaboration and supporting women in power. Previously, 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, and grassroots organizing expertise for a variety of legislative initiatives. You can email her at brenna@womenlegislators.org.

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Christine Hall | Director of Development

Christine Hall joined NFWL in March 2017, bringing over a decade of diverse fundraising experience.  As NFWL’s Director of Development, she works to obtain major gifts and corporate sponsorships.  She also plays an active role in developing the organization’s annual fundraising plan.  Prior to her role at NFWL, she served as a development director for various entities.  Her experience includes presidential campaign work, nonprofit and political fundraising events and direct marketing, as well as low-dollar, mid-level and high-dollar programs.  Christine is a graduate of The Catholic University of America with a major in politics. You can reach Christine at christine@womenlegislators.org.

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Tripp Lott | Membership Outreach & Operations Associate

Tripp is a recent addition to the NFWL team. His focus as Membership Outreach & Operations Associate will be to foster relationships with NFWL members, ensure that the membership experience is top-notch, and create engaging and relevant content for NFWL events and publications. A Georgia native and Eagle Scout, Tripp earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. While in college he founded Tenneyson Lane Woodshop to provide quality heirloom furniture for a variety of clients in the Southeast. Most recently, he worked as the Membership Coordinator for the Truckload Carriers Association. Tripp is eager and excited to lead the membership outreach strategy and contribute to the enhancement of the member experience. He is passionate about member engagement through events and special programs and the mission and values of the NFWL. Tripp is based in Alexandria, Virginia and enjoys woodworking, fly-fishing, and good conversations. You can email him at: tripp@womenlegislators.org.

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Yolonda Addison | Event Coordinator

Yolonda Addison comes to NFWL with more than 10 years of event management experience. She is the principal at Details Consulting, LLC based in Alexandria, VA and works with small and medium non-profits as well as political organizations and elected officials to engage with constituencies through events, social media and strategic communications. Yolonda is excited to take over the event planning process for all summits, the annual conference as well as create new events that increase member interaction and networking. Her events career began with weddings and she feels that if you can plan a wedding in a county that you have never been to, you can plan anything. Yolonda is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech and enjoys volunteering at her local church with her husband. You can email her at yolonda@womenlegislators.org.

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Anna Fridley | Intern

Anna recently joined the NFWL team as the summer 2018 Membership and Programs Intern. She is responsible for managing the logistics of the Annual Constitution Essay Scholarship Contest. She also helps the NFWL staff with various tasks relating to membership and programs. Anna is a student at the College of William & Mary, majoring in Government with a minor in Sociology. She is very passionate about helping women to be more engaged in politics and is actively involved in political campaigns at the state and national level. You can email her at anna@womenlegislators.org.

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Alice Riggs Harris | Intern

Alice Riggs Harris recently joined the NFWL team as a summer intern for 2018. She is responsible for managing the organization’s social media and is spearheading our Day of Action project on National Children’s Day to raise awareness for human trafficking. Alice is currently enrolled at American University in Washington, D.C. where she majors in Political Science with a minor in Educational Studies. At the end of this summer, she will be going abroad to intern in Parliament in London, England. You can email her at alice@womenlegislators.org.