Janel is a Chief Strategist and skilled Policy Advisor with proficiency in strategic policy planning, performance management, community development and disaster recovery. She is proficient in the design and implementation of programs that address the housing needs of vulnerable households and distressed communities. By using innovative housing strategies aimed to identify and eradicate the barriers to affordable housing, Janel and her team leverage technology and research to identify housing characteristics at the granular level to align funding resources effectively. A visionary leader, Janel directs a portfolio of multi-faceted developments at all business lines and operating groups within the corporation. She is accustomed to facilitating the healthy partnerships necessary to drive policy decisions to successfully meet the strategic objectives and mission of the corporation. She leads with a focus on quality, all while ensuring customer service remains a top priority.
Prior to her current position, she served as the state’s Director of Recovery Housing. In this role, she steered the policy design and administration of $1.5 billion in disaster recovery housing developments realized in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and Isaac. These efforts produced nearly 10,000 mixed income units across Louisiana. While serving as the Director of Recovery Housing, Janel and her team were integral in the New Orleans’ recovery efforts, receiving national recognition from the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development for their work related to multiple disasters. Other career highlights include leading two of the largest housing recovery programs in U.S. history - $650 million Small Rental Property Program and the $30 million Nonprofit Rebuilding Pilot Program.
Janel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Jackson State University, a Master of Professional Studies degree in Community and Economic Development from Pennsylvania State University, and an Executive Education Certification from the University of Notre Dame.