Jody U. Sadornas

Jody U. Sadornas

Associate Director, Public Programming

Biography

Jody is the Associate Director for Public Programming at the Berggruen Institute. In this role, Jody works with leadership and across teams as lead of the Institute’s portfolio of public programs where she works to create spaces that spark creativity, catalyze meaningful connections, and enhance the Institute’s global reach and influence. She is responsible for the management, development, and ideation of the Institute’s public events and initiatives, creating engaging public forums and building collaborative partnerships to cross-fertilize and spread ideas, such as the Berggruen Prize Award Ceremony Gala and the Understanding China Conference. In addition to this role, Jody also manages the Institute’s Future of Democracy project, coordinating the research and activities of over 100 project participants; planning and executing project meetings and convenings, as well as developing insight and ideas on the project’s themes. She brings a decade of experience working in the private, public, and non-profit sectors working on issues such as good governance, public diplomacy, economic development, entrepreneurship, and global health. Jody considers herself a global citizen, having lived and worked in the United States, Europe, Africa, and South America. Jody earned a bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in international affairs from the George Washington University. She was a 2015 Global Health Corps Fellow and speaks Spanish and Greek.