Janelle Duray has over fifteen years of experience in education and workforce development consulting and nonprofit management. In October 2023, she was named as the second President & CEO of Jobs for America’s Graduates, a national nonprofit that has served 1.6 million youth since its inception 40+ years ago, and currently serves over 75,000 youth across 1,500 communities. In her role, Janelle is charged to cast JAG’s future vision by blending her passion to serve others and innovating and elevating organizations to bring JAG services to broader scale.
Janelle has served in many roles at JAG since 2012. In January 2020, she was named Executive Vice President and subsequently led the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic making critical investments in technology, student engagement programming, Federal procurement infrastructure, and overall organizational development for the JAG National Office and its national network . Her leadership throughout the pandemic led the Board of Directors to adopt JAG’s Youth Opportunity and Outcomes 2024 Strategic Goals – the most ambitious goals in JAG’s history.
Prior to her commitment to JAG, Janelle has consulted with leading Fortune 500 companies and national nonprofits, including ADM, HCA, United Way Worldwide, the AARP Foundation, the National Urban League, and more, to grow their fund development, external affairs efforts, and overall strategy. Janelle received her Master of Arts in Public Administration from George Mason University’s School of Policy and Government and her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Throughout her post-secondary education, Janelle held positions at the Association of American Law Schools and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty’s office.
Outside of JAG, Janelle enjoys traveling, concerts, musing about the cosmos, and her first passion, playing piano.