WASHINGTON (September 30, 2014) – Janene Jackson, former director of the Office of Policy & Legislative Affairs for the Executive Office of the Mayor, Washington, D.C., and a senior advisor to Mayor Vincent Gray, has joined Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation practice as a senior policy advisor in the firm’s Washington office. Ms. Jackson brings a decade of experience in government relations and the law, having also worked for the District of Columbia’s Chamber of Commerce and as senior legal counsel for the Council of the District of Columbia.
“We are very pleased that Janene has become a member of our public policy team,” said Rich Gold, Public Policy & Regulation practice group leader. “She has demonstrated her ability to effect change and produce results in the public sector. Her negotiating skills are particularly strong, and we appreciate her ability to be a creative problem solver who maintains high performance standards.”
In her most recent role, Ms. Jackson directed the mayor’s public policy and served as his liaison with the Council of the District of Columbia, the U.S. Congress and the White House. Prior to that position, she was senior vice president for the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce, overseeing its government relations and public policy decisions. Her background also includes six years with the Council of the District of Columbia on the Committees on Education and the Judiciary as well as two years with the District of Columbia Public Schools as executive director for the State Complaint Office.
“The opportunity to become a part of the Holland & Knight team came at a perfect time for me,” said Ms. Jackson. “I am excited to move into the private sector and to join one of the most successful public policy practices in Washington. I am confident my experience working within the District will benefit the firm’s clients who are doing business there or planning to do so.”
Ms. Jackson earned a B.A. degree from the City College of New York, City University of New York, and a J.D. degree from the American University Washington College of Law.
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