Janel George

Senior Policy Advisor

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Janel George is a Senior Policy Advisor who co-leads the Equitable Resources and Access team and is the lead author of the report, The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown’s Promise and Present Challenges. Her work focuses on community schools, racial equity, education as a civil right, school choice, and other issues that shape equity and access in public schools. She has over a decade of experience working on legislative and policy advocacy and analysis, including as a legal fellow, Counsel, and Director with several nonprofits. She also served as Legislative Counsel in both the House of Representatives and the Senate during which her legislative portfolio included child welfare and education issues. As an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., George worked with several campaigns and coalitions to use legislative and policy advocacy to advance equal educational opportunity, and she co-authored the report Unlocking Opportunity for African American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity, as well as law review articles on race and gender and the school-to-prison pipeline. She also helped to advance the federal policy work of the Dignity in Schools Campaign, including securing provisions promoting positive and inclusive school climates in the Every Student Succeeds Act. Her previous work also includes serving as an adjunct professor with Georgetown University Law Center and the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.

George received a B.A. in English from Spelman College and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.

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