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Janel George


Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health, National Women’s Law Center, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Spelman College; J.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Janel George is Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. In this role, she advocates for...

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Janel George is Director of Federal Reproductive Rights and Health with the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. In this role, she advocates for reproductive rights and access to quality and affordable health care, particularly for lower-income women. She uses legislative advocacy and policy analysis to help advance women’s reproductive rights, working with members of Congress, the Administration, and coalition partners.

She previously served as Senior Education Policy Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she worked in partnership with several campaigns and coalitions to advance educational equity. She handled issues including resource equity, school diversity, and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. She led the federal policy work of the Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC), a national coalition of over two dozen organizations committed to ending reliance on overly punitive disciplinary practices that fuel the School-to-Prison Pipeline.

Before joining LDF, Professor George served for a few years 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 began her legal career as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with Georgetown University Law Center, serving as Legislative Counsel with the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), handling reproductive justice, immigration reform, and domestic violence prevention issues impacting Asian and Pacific Islander women. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where she served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, and Spelman College. She has authored papers on reproductive justice and school discipline issues. She is an adjunct professor with Georgetown University Law Center.

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