Jody is a former crown prosecutor, treaty commissioner and BCAFN regional chief. She has ten years of experience as an elected official, serving the needs of the many people she has represented. She has a strong reputation as a bridge builder between communities, and a champion of good governance and accountability.
Jody was called to the Bar in 2000 and began working as a provincial crown prosecutor. She later served as an advisor at the BC Treaty Commission, a body that oversees complex treaty negotiations between First Nations and the Crown. In 2004, Jody was elected as Commissioner by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit. She was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations in 2009, where she devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and individual health. She was re-elected as Regional Chief in 2012 and held this position until she stepped down in June 2015.
She is an active volunteer in her community and has served as a Director for Capilano College, the Minerva Foundation for B.C. Women, the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, and the National Centre for First Nations Governance. She is also a director on the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Chair of the First Nations Finance Authority.
Jody has been married to Dr. Tim Raybould for almost seven years. He is a Cambridge scholar, and management consultant. She is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation.