Jody Myrum is the Director of the NoVo Foundation’s Initiative to Advance Adolescent Girls’ Rights, which includes NoVo’s commitment to support movements with and for girls of colour in the U.S. and across 4 regions in the Global South. She also manages the foundation’s portfolio to End Violence Against Girls and Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Affected Settings.
Jody has devoted her career to ensuring that all adolescent girls have the opportunity to live in their full power. Through work across ten countries, she has led and championed programmes that put girls and their lived experiences at the centre of social change. Given the pervasive violence girls and women face, much of Jody’s work has been focused on ending violence against girls and expanding access to healing. Whether through organising, direct services, programme design, participatory action research or philanthropy, Jody has supported programmes that show the promise of change efforts that are girl-led, girl-driven and girl-designed.
Before joining NoVo, Jody managed efforts to end violence against girls and women in Ethiopia and in refugee camps on the border of Somalia with the International Rescue Committee. Jody has also served as a Fellow with the International Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care in Kenya; Project Director at Girls International Forum; a volunteer in U.S. Peace Corps in Togo and in several direct service roles focused on adolescent girls. Jody serves on the boards of Purposeful Productions and Beyond Borders, co-founded the Friends of Sierra Leone Adolescent Girls Network, and volunteers as a domestic violence/sexual advocate at a local hospital.
Jody holds a B.S. from Colorado State University in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on adolescence and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University.