Entrepreneur, operator and leader, Jody Rose is the President of the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) where she works in collaboration with the venture and startup communities to help foster a more innovative, collaborative and inclusive ecosystem. Jody’s achievements include successfully leading the entrepreneurial community’s fight for non-
compete reform, and co-founding one of New England’s mostinnovative workforce development programs – Hack.Diversity – designed to tackle the underrepresentation of Blacks and LatinX software engineers, data analysts and IT professionals in Boston’s Innovation Economy.
Jody has held executive-level roles with both enterprise corporations and lean startups, focusing primarily on mobile, eCommerce and digital media. Prior to joining the NEVCA in 2015, Jody served as the SVP of Digital Strategy and Corporate Development at Blueprint NYC, an event production agency based in New York. Previous to that, Jody led National Mobile and Brand Partnerships for micro-location mobile marketing platform, Swirl Networks. Before joining Swirl, Jody served as Director of National Brand Partnerships at Rue Gilt Groupe, where she was responsible for leading brand relationships with a focus on driving new customer acquisition for national partners. She was one of four employees to launch a new division of Rue Gilt Groupe (Rue Local) and was responsible for leading the launch of their first local market and national
strategy. Jody began her career in cable and telecommunications, where she held multiple sales and marketing positions, and quickly rose through the ranks at powerhouses such as MTV Networks, The Food Network, and HGTV. Jody’s experience also includes numerous board positions within the telecommunications and media industries.
Jody serves on the Board of Directors of Cambridge Bancorp (NASDAQ: CATC), and recently served on Eastern Bank’s Board of Corporators. She is a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Forum, The Boston Foundation’s Innovation Economy Leadership Council and serves on the Board of Advisors for MassChallenge. In 2016 Jody received an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration from Mount Ida College, was named by The Boston Business Journal as a member
of The BBJ’s Power 50: The Game Changers, and was the 2017 recipient of the Ad Club’s Rosoff Award for visionary empowerment of diversity. In 2018 Jody received uAspire’s First One award and was recognized by Boston Magazine as one of The 100 most influential people in Boston. In 2019 Jody received an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology and was again recognized by Boston Magazine as one of The 100 most influential people in Boston in 2020. A native New Yorker, Jody resides in The Greater Boston area with her husband, son and daughter.