A veteran of Washington communications and politics, Janelle Carter Brevard most recently served as director of communications and government affairs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. In that capacity, she led a team responsible for public and legislative affairs, strategic planning and messaging, and media relations.
Prior to joining IMLS, Janelle had an extensive career which spanned across both government and private sectors. She led executive and leadership communications at Hilton Worldwide in McLean, Va. and Delphi Automotive in Troy, Mich. She previously served as senior adviser and speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, deputy director of speechwriting at the Department of Commerce under then-Secretary Donald L. Evans and speechwriter to former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole.
Janelle began her communications career in her home state of Mississippi, as a reporter for The Associated Press in Jackson, Miss. before transferring to Washington and becoming a congressional reporter.
In 2015, Janelle was selected as part of the inaugural class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Program, a first-of-its-kind executive education-style partnership between the presidential centers of George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson.
Janelle has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Florida A&M University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.
Janelle lives in Herndon, Va. with her husband Brad, daughter, Brooklyn and twin boys Max and Ian.