Janey Rountree
Executive Director of the California Policy Lab at UCLA

areas of expertise
  • Public policy
  • Public safety
  • Constitutional policing
  • Violence prevention
  • Education
  • Emergency management
  • Homelessness
  • JD/LLM, Duke University
  • BA, Russian, Williams College

Janey Rountree is the founding Executive Director of the California Policy Lab at UCLA.  In addition to leading CPL, she is a member of the National Alliance to End Homelessness Research Council and Deputy Director of the Homelessness Policy Research Institute.

Prior to joining CPL, she was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Public Safety.  In addition to having direct oversight of the Chicago Police Department, Fire Department and Office of Emergency Management, Janey was responsible for developing and implementing the long-term strategic plan for evidence-based public safety policy, police reform, and violence prevention in Chicago.  Her work on violence prevention included developing policies in workforce development, homelessness, education, school climate, youth employment, mentoring, and mental health. During her tenure in Chicago, Janey helped to promote evidence-based policy by working closely with researchers to evaluate publicly funded programs and to scale up the ones that were proven effective.

Prior to working in the Chicago Mayor’s Office, she was the Firearms Policy Coordinator and senior counsel for New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg. She has practiced law, taught high school, and worked in the non-profit sector. She holds a B.A. from Williams College and a J.D./LL.M from Duke Law School.

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(310) 403-4057

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