Jodi Harman joined HillVets in January 2022 as the Director of Programs & Communications after previously serving for 3.5 years with another DC Veteran Support Organization. Through that previous position, she experienced firsthand the difficulties in trying to talk veteran’s issues when the person was not a military-connected. When a position with HillVets came available she jumped at the opportunity to help increase military-connected representation in public policymaking. Jodi’s 26 years as a Military Spouse has garnered a vast trove of knowledge of & experience with the military-connected community.
Although born and raised in southwestern Michigan, Jodi has called the greater DC Metropolitan area “home” since she was in middle school. She graduated from Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, MD and then earned her Bachelor Degree in psychology and vocal performance from St. Mary’s College of Maryland; her original goal was to be a music therapist.
Instead, Jodi pursued a career as an elementary school teacher for about 15 years, teaching primarily intermediate grades (3-5). Upon returning in 2011 from living overseas, she went back to school and earned a Master Degree in Library & Information Science (MLIS), specializing in archives & special collections.
Jodi is married to her high school sweetheart, LtCol John W. Harman, USMC, who will retire on 1 January 2023 after 28 years of active-duty service. They and their two sons have lived all over the world but have now put down permanent roots in Alexandria, VA.
Jodi loves all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Marvel and collects owls. She calls herself an “amateur grammarian”, loves to read historical fiction, and enjoys spending a day antiquing with her husband. Music lives in Harman’s soul: one can easily find her in a room by following the humming (likely a song from the 80s) to its source, where one is likely to find her dancing as well. Harman will take any opportunity to attend pretty much any kind of live event, from sports to music and everything in-between.