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Jodie Evans has been a peace, environmental, women's rights and social justice activist for forty years. Evans is co-founder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq since 2002. CODEPINK seeks positive social change through proactive, creative protest and non-violent direct action—pushing for a reorientation of U.S. budget priorities away from war and towards healthcare, education and housing.
Evans has traveled to war zones, promoting and learning about peaceful resolution to conflict. She co-created the first Dubrovnik Peace Conference in June 2000 and produced Shadow Conventions 2000, held in parallel to the Republican and Democratic national conventions.
From 1973 to 1982, Evans worked on the campaigns of California governor Jerry Brown and served as his director of administration. She also oversaw the Office of Appropriate Technology, ushering in breakthroughs in wind and solar energy. Between 1985 and 1990, she supported women candidates for federal office as a board member of the Women's Campaign Fund and Women's Political Committee. Evans was responsible for running Jerry Brown's campaign for president in 1991.
In the early 1990s, Evans opened the first environmental department store, Terra Verde, along with Tom Hayden and Cathryn Tiddens.
Evans' writing is featured several books: Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution, Moonrise: The Power of Women Leading from the Heart and Twilight of Empire: Responses to Occupation. She co-edited Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism. Evans has produced several documentary films, including the Oscar and Emmy-nominated The Most Dangerous Man in America and The People Speak.
She is the board chair of the Women's Media Center and sits on many other boards, including Rainforest Action Network, Drug Policy Alliance, and the Institute of Policy Studies.
A mother of three, Evans is a harpist, gardener, and potter when not working to end war.