WASHINGTON (September 9, 2016) – Holland & Knight Senior Counsel Janene Jackson has been named one of the Washington Business Journal's "Women Who Mean Business" for 2016, ranking her among the 25 most influential business women in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The honorees were selected for their track record of innovation and outstanding performance in their particular fields and history of meaningful community involvement.
As a member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group, Ms. Jackson guides clients in navigating all levels of the District government and provides counsel on legislative and regulatory issues as well as municipal law. Having worked in all branches of the D.C. government, she brings a 360-degree approach to strategy development and lobbying on their behalf.
Immediately prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Jackson served as the deputy chief of staff and director of the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs in the administration of Washington Mayor Vincent Gray. She was responsible for the regional, federal and local relationships for the mayor as well as lobbying the Council of the District of Columbia and Congress. She also served as a senior advisor to the mayor and provided advice and counsel to the city administrator, attorney general, deputy mayors and agency directors.
Before joining the Gray administration, Ms. Jackson was the senior vice president for government affairs at the DC Chamber of Commerce. She was the organization's chief lobbyist, responsible for crafting and executing its legislative strategies and negotiating with the executive and legislative branches of government within the District of Columbia. 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.
Ms. Jackson currently serves on the DC Chamber of Commerce board of directors and as co-chair of its Government Affairs Committee. She also is a member of the Golden Triangle BID board of directors and sits on the Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar. In addition, she serves on the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington board of directors.
Ms. Jackson and the other "Women Who Mean Business" are profiled in the Washington Business Journal's September 9 issue.
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