Janiah is a native of the Greater Cincinnati area where her lived experiences have shaped her worldview. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she gained her Bachelor's degree in Integrative Studies which consists of three minors in Political Science, Social Justice and University Honors with focus areas in Women & Gender Studies and Public Service. In her Junior year at NKU, Janiah was an intern at Cornerstone Renter Equity, an affordable housing non-profit where she made recommendations on the quality of food in a neighborhood that had food deserts based on a survey of residents took. That summer, she was a Victory Congressional Intern, her placement was on the House Appropriations subcommittee of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) where she assisted in moving the 2020 THUD Bill to the House Floor. Following this experience, she was an intern at the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition where she coordinated efforts for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Charter Amendment. She also has worked in non-profits, campaigns and led town halls at her university to address solutions for students experiencing homelessness and a sense of belonging.
Field placement: Pittsburgh Food Policy Council
Janiah is currently working with the Pittsburgh Food Policy Council, creating a framework for discussion around policy implementation for the Greater Pittsburgh Food Policy Council Plan (GFPAP). This involves connecting with various stakeholders which include: non-profit leaders, government officials, community leaders, etc across the Southwest Pennsylvania region. Janiah’s been able to create a summary report for the GFPAP release event, create an framework for nine policy implementation areas and assist in creating a residency advisory board through the Healthiest City Challenge. The GFPAP has been a community project for the past three years that works to create food access, specifically for marginalized communities.