Janelle Jones

Director, Policy & Research

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Janelle Jones is the Policy & Research Director working on research and substantive work of the Groundwork Collaborative, and managing the research and policy staff.

Before joining the Hub in 2018, Janelle was an economic analyst at Economic Policy Institute working on a variety of labor market topics within EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy. Prior to that, Janelle worked as a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research covering topics including racial inequality, unemployment, job quality, and unions.

Janelle served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in Sacramento, California, where she worked for a grassroots nonprofit on community health issues. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the Small Business Development Program focusing on local economic development.

Janelle is from Northeast Ohio and a very proud graduate of Spelman College. She earned her Master’s degree in applied economics from Illinois State University.