J. Janelle George

Deputy Director, Office of Community Services (OCS)

J. Janelle George is the Deputy Director in the Office of Community Services, Administration for Children and Families (ACF). As Deputy Director, she provides oversight in the areas of budget, human resources, and procurement. Ms. George’s primary responsibility is to strengthen the administrative and management support provided to each of the OCS’s four Divisions and six programs. She is also serving as the Acting Director of Division of Social Services.

From 2017 – 2018, she served as the Acting Director of OCS where she was responsible for the oversight of OCS programs, totaling approximately $1.58 billion in grant funds. Ms. George’s previous OCS portfolio has included the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), where she served as the CSBG Program Specialist for states and Tribes in Regions I and VIII, the restructuring of CSBG Training and Technical Assistance programs, and the Social Services Block Grant. Ms. George has also served as the Program Manager for the Assets for Independence (AFI) program, where she oversaw AFI program operations, including grantee training and technical assistance and monitoring site visits. Ms. George began her federal service in 2005 through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Emerging Leaders Program (ELP).

Prior to joining ACF, Ms. George served as an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at Saint Louis University, School of Social Service, and Washington University - St. Louis, George Warren Brown School of Social Work. She is experienced in foster care, adoption, criminal justice, and domestic and international community development. Ms. George was also a Licensed Behavior Foster Parent for the State of Missouri for four years. Ms. George completed her Master of Public Policy (MPP) from the University of Chicago, Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and her Master of Social Work (MSW) from Saint Louis University, School of Social Service. She has undergraduate degrees in social work and sociology from North Carolina State University.

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