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Jhody Polk

Founder & Director, Legal Empowerment & Advocacy

Jhody Polk is the Founder and Director of the Legal Empowerment and Advocacy Hub aka LEAH, Florida’s first Participatory Defense Hub and home of the National Jailhouse Lawyers Initiative. She is recognized as a 2018 Soros Justice Advocacy Fellow, 2019 Peacebuilder of the Year, & 020 Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr. Legacy award recipient. Ms. Polk works in areas of peacebuilding, legal empowerment, and human rights to abolish and transform systems of injustice into people centered justice. She served as a central Florida Organizer on the campaign to restore voting rights to over 1.5 million Floridians with felony convictions. She previously served as the Director of Community Justice at the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding, the Alachua County Reentry Coalition and she Founded the Florida Council for Incarcerated & Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Ms. Polk currently serves on the Board of Community Spring and GraceMarket Place located in Gainesville, Florida.