Cody was born and raised just outside of Milwaukee in Lake Country and often took family trips to Door County during the summers. From an early age, he has been fascinated with local history and the history of Wisconsin. He received his Master of Arts in History, Museum Studies, and Nonprofit Management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Before coming to the Ephraim Historical Foundation, Cody worked with the Milwaukee County Historical Society, the Milwaukee Public Museum, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. He is passionate about utilizing curation and museum collections as a way to make local history more tangible and accessible to communities.