Jody Colley, CEO of Oakland Grown, Oakland Makers, and The Sustainable Business Alliance.

Jody Colley, CEO of Oakland Grown, Oakland Makers, and The Sustainable Business Alliance.

 Mayor Jean Quan presenting the Spirit of the Town award to Jody Colley and Kerri Johnson for Oakland Grown's Plaid Friday.

Mayor Jean Quan presenting the Spirit of the Town award to Jody Colley and Kerri Johnson for Oakland Grown's Plaid Friday.

About Me

Jody has over 20 years experience in newspaper publishing. She served on the board of the Association of Alternative Newsmedia where she led the independent caucus representing over 100 newspapers that were independently owned.

Jody is the founder of the East Bay Independent Journalism Fund which raises money to support investigative journalism in the region. She also works with Snap Judgment and the Bay Area Book Festival

Over the course of her career in publishing, she has been involved with the buy local movement, helping to start groups like Oakland Grown in cities across the country, and leading buy local initiatives through coordinated national media campaigns.

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Bay Area Professional History
CEO, Oakland Grown/Oakland Makers, 2017 - Current
Project Manager, Snap Judgment's Spooked Podcast, 2017 - Current
Marketing Director, Bay Area Book Festival, 2017 - Current
Publisher, East Bay Express 2007 - 2017
Co-Founder, Oakland Grown, 2008
Sales & Marketing Director, San Francisco Bay Guardian 2000 - 2007

Awards and Accomplishments in Oakland
2007 Art Rack Project and Gallery Show
2008 National Make the Pledge Campaign
2008 Local Make the Pledge Video
2008 Generica 24-hr Film Competition on Corporatization Gone Mad
2008-2009 Best of the East Bay Party at OMCA review
2009 Editor & Publisher magazine's "Top 10 Who Do It Right" for support of localization 
2009 Warhol-inspired Factory Party article
2009 Interview with Shift Across America
2010 Express Gallery launch in Jack London District
2010 Best of the East Bay Party in Jack London Square
2010 SXSW Speaker on Media and Web Publishing
2010 Taste for Artisans/Handmade Ho Down! event in Jack London Square
2011 Record Production Month (RPM) Challenge
2011 Crowdfunding Revolution and the Re-invention of Capitalism Panel Moderator
2011 Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) Award for support of independent businesses
2011 24-hr Film Competition on Climate Change Scenario
2011-2012 Progressive Opportunities Conferences at David Brower Center
2012 LOAKAL pop-up gallery in Oakland
2012-2013 Art + Soul Festival Stage + Entertainment Partner
2014 Spirit of the Town Award for support of Plaid Friday in Oakland
2015-2018 Good Money Guide for good businesses to access good capital
2016-2017 Mental Illness Happy Hour live audience podcast recordings at New Parkway
2017 Founder of the East Bay Independent Journalism Fund
2017-2018 Project manager of Spooked, #1 podcast on iTunes in September and Top 10 Most Downloads in 2017
2018 Co-Producer of Oakland's Bacon and Beer Festival
2018 Marketing Director for the Bay Area Book Festival
2018 Project manager of Oakland Small Business Week