Janel George is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Learning Policy Institute where she co-leads the Equitable Resources and Access team. Her work focuses on racial equity, education as a civil right, resource equity and school finance, community schools, and other issues that shape equity and access in K-12 public schools. Most recently, she co-authored the report, The Federal Role and School Integration: Brown's Promise and Present Challenges.
She has over fifteen years of experience working on civil rights legislative and policy advocacy and analysis, including as a legal fellow and counsel with several non-profits, including as Legislative Counsel in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.
As Senior Education Policy Counsel with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), she managed a broad range of education issues and worked with several campaigns and coalitions. 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 (DSC), including securing provisions to support positive and inclusive school climates in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
She began her legal career as a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow with Georgetown University Law Center. 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 serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.