Janel George is Senior Education Policy Counsel at LDF, where she uses legislative and policy advocacy to promote racial justice and equal opportunity. She works with a broad coalition of stakeholders within coalitions and campaigns to eliminate racial disparities and promote equitable school policies and practices. Ms. George also works closely with the Dignity in Schools campaign to promote positive and inclusive school discipline policies and curb the use of exclusionary and overly-punitive disciplinary practices that fuel the school-to-prison pipeline and limit educational opportunities for all students.
Prior to joining LDF, Ms. George served for half a decade as Legislative Counsel and Legislative Assistant to a senior Senator and junior Member of the House of Representatives. In her roles, Ms. George managed education, health care, judiciary, and other domestic policy issues, and participated in the crafting and implementation of comprehensive health care reform and other key legislation. She also advised on a wide range of civil rights issues – including fair pay for women, the reauthorization of Title IV-E waivers in the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act, the DREAM Act, higher education affordability legislation, and anti-bullying legislation.
Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Ms. George served as a Guardian ad litem in complex custody cases and trained pro bono attorneys in custody law for the Children’s Law Center. She began her legal career as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with Georgetown University Law Center, working as Counsel with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) on reproductive justice, immigration, and domestic violence prevention issues.
Ms. George received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, was awarded for highest achievement in family law, represented incarcerated clients in the Family Law Project, and was honored by the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers, Foley and Lardner, and the Children's Justice Project. She graduated cum laude from Spelman College. She has authored papers on reproductive justice and civil rights, and frequently speaks on those issues.