Jody Levratto was raised in California. She attended Santa Clara University where she received both her BS and MBA degrees, graduating with honors. She worked for Underwriters Laboratories for 20 years, a not-for-profit company which tests products for consumer safety where she started out as a supervisor. She became a corporate manager, and then worked on special projects to re-organize the corporation. She retired in 2005 and then joined Johnson & Wales University in 2008 starting her career as a college representative.