Janice L. Mathis

Executive Director
National Council of Negro Women

Janice L. Mathis, from Greenville, SC, was appointed Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women in 2016.    She is responsible for implementing and expanding NCNW’s Lead, Advocate and  Empower mission by activating its Four for the Future program of Education, Health, Entrepreneurship and Values.  
 Previously, Janice was Vice President for Legal Affairs for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition, where she spearheaded civil rights and diversity initiatives and agreements with many Fortune 500 firms.    She is a former member of both the Georgia Power Company Diversity Advisory Council and the Coca-Cola Supplier Diversity Council.  In 2015, Janice led a successful effort to include diverse contractors in $3 billion dollars’ worth of state funded transportation contracts in Georgia.
 Janice testified before the U.S. Sentencing Commission on the crack/powder cocaine disparity and before the UN Commission to End Racial Discrimination in Geneva. She organized and led a national fight based in Atlanta to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act in 2005 and was instrumental in urging Greenville County, SC to become one of the final counties in the nation to recognize the Martin Luther King Holiday.
Janice and her sister Davida Mathis host Sisters in Law on News and Talk 1380 WAOK, a legal advice program, and they blog at sistersinlaw.blogspot.com.  She serves on the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s national Social Action Commission.  Janice formerly served as a member of the Rules Committee of the Democratic National Committee and on the national board of the League of Women Voters of the U.S. 
Janice earned Bachelors of Arts degrees in both economics and public policy studies at Duke University and was a recipient of the prestigious Angier Biddle Duke Scholarship.  Janice studied British Politics and History at Oxford University in England and finished law school at UGA.

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