Jody Franklin

Jody Franklin

Vice President for Strategic Communications and Outreach, Bethesda

Education & Certification

B.A., Political Science and Women’s Studies, Wellesley College, M.A., Public Policy & Management, University of Pennsylvania, M.A., Writing, Johns Hopkins University

Jody Franklin joined Child Trends in March 2017. Jody’s expertise is in creating and implementing communications strategies for complex research, policy, and data. She has managed communications teams at high-achieving research institutions, developing successful outreach strategies for policy and general audiences. She is experienced in creating meaningful narratives, translating data and research to target audiences, conducting traditional and social media relations; overseeing fast-evolving digital vehicles, including sophisticated data visualizations and blogs, as well as evaluating the success of these efforts.

Before coming to Child Trends, Jody directed communications strategy for the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program and, before that, the Economic Policy Institute. She served as Public Relations Director for the national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength, and as chief of staff in the Office of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor. Franklin also worked for the 1992 Clinton for President Campaign as Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, and has held positions within the U.S. Senate, EMILY’s List, and political survey research organizations.

Jody Franklin holds a B.A. in Political Science and Women’s Studies from Wellesley College, an M.A. in Public Policy & Management from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University.