George_JanelSenior Education Policy Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Janel George is Senior Education Policy Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she uses legislative and policy advocacy to promote racial justice and equal educational opportunity. She works on a broad range of education issues, including early childhood education, special education, access to higher education, and equitable resource distribution, among many others. She works with a broad group of stakeholders within coalitions and campaigns to promote equitable, inclusive, and fair school policies and practices. George also works as a federal liaison for the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a coalition of 100 organizations from 25 states, promoting positive and inclusive school discipline policies and curbing the use of exclusionary and overly punitive disciplinary practices that push students out of school and fuel the School-to-Prison Pipeline. Before joining LDF, George served as Legislative Counsel and Legislative Assistant to a senior Senator and junior Member of the House of Representatives. In her roles, she managed education, health care reform, judiciary, and other domestic policy issues, and participated in the crafting and implementation of comprehensive health care reform and other key legislation. She was awarded a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship through Georgetown University Law Center, and she worked as Counsel with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) on reproductive justice, immigration reform, and domestic violence prevention issues impacting Asian and Pacific Islander women and trained members on policy advocacy. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School and Spelman College. She has authored papers on reproductive justice and education and frequently speaks on those issues. She is an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.