Jodi is of Ngapuhi, Te Rarawa descent.
As the CEO of Te Pai Roa Tika o te Taitokerau, Jodi leads a large scale, Māori owned and led impact investment kaupapa.
Prior to this role she was Senior Regional Advisor to the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF), for the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment (MBIE) and Te Puni Kokiri (TPK). In these roles Jodi enabled deployment of $300m through the PGF Tai Tokerau communities implementing long term social and economic development initiatives.
Jodi led the Taitokerau regional labour market strategy and work programme for the region for the Ministry of Social Development, working closely with politicians, senior central and local government officials, to develop youth employment and social policy.
Other notable projects include He Poutama Taitamariki, GROW Kaikohe and KODE Jodi’s early career focused on stakeholder and community engagement.
A local business owner and a governor of a number of commercial and community developments Jodi affiliates strongly to Te Taitokerau and is committed to leading “for her place”.