A D.C.-area local, Janelle grew up in Cheverly, Maryland. She attended American University and completed bachelor’s degrees in international studies and French. Her interest in advocacy was sparked through an internship with the Washington Office of Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), a global relief, development, and peace organization. She found this work to be a meaningful outlet for her interest in care for creation, humane immigration policy, and opposition to war.
Most recently, Janelle served for a year with MCC in Burundi on a one-year volunteer and cultural exchange program, where she focused on peace building through a local organization. It was an amazing year of learning and growth, and one that illustrated even more clearly the links between faith, justice, and public policy.
In addition to her work, Janelle enjoys running, sewing, yoga, playing the bassoon and piano, travel, hymn-singing, and reading. She is excited to see where this year of engagement and community will take her in her favorite city.