A veteran of Washington communications and politics, Janelle Carter Brevard serves as the Council's Vice President of Communications and leads a team responsible for communicating the Council's efforts to amplify, advocate for and strengthen the philanthropic sector.
Janelle comes to the Council with extensive experience spanning both the public and private sectors. She began a career in politics in the U.S. Senate, where she was speechwriter to Sen. Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina. She was later a political appointee under President George W. Bush, serving as senior advisor and speechwriter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. After leaving government, Janelle led executive and leadership communications at Hilton Worldwide in McLean, Va. and Delphi Automotive in Troy, Mich. Prior to joining the Council, Janelle was director of communications and government affairs at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.
Janelle began her communications career in her home state of Mississippi, as a reporter for The Associated Press in Jackson, Miss. before transferring to AP's Washington Bureau. She worked as a congressional reporter before her love of politics led her into speechwriting.
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. In 2016, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by George Washington University's Graduate School of Political Management.