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Alumnae Profiles: Janel George C'1999

From preparation at Spelman developing her analytical and critical-thinking skills, Janel George can now critically analyze issues and policies in the office of Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington). As a legislative assistant, George handles healthcare, education and judiciary issues for Sen. Cantwell. “The analytical skills that I ascertained at Spelman serve me well in examining legislation and policies, predicting the possible impacts they may have, and devising legislative solutions to address a range of issues,” said Ms. George, a cum laude English graduate who went on to receive her juris doctor from the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

The Seattle native was not initially interested in a law career. After Spelman, she spent a year working on grants and contracts with the Fulton County Arts Council before becoming a fourth-grade assistant teacher. “I struggled about whether to pursue a career that used my artistic talents or something that was more cerebral,” she said. “I decided to attend law school and represented children in custody cases for a couple of years before coming to the Hill. “On a given day, I might meet with an arts advocate or educators or attorneys. It really combines my various interests; however, I still pursue my interest in art and continue to paint and draw.”

*This article can be found in the Fall 2010 edition of the Spelman Messenger*