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Janetta King

Chief of Staff, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Vice President, Center for American Progress

Janetta King is the Chief of Staff for the Center for American Progress Action Fund and a Vice President for the Center for American Progress.

Before joining American Progress, King founded and served as president of Innovation Ohio, a state-based public policy think tank headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. From 2007 to 2010, she served as the deputy chief of staff for policy for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D). Working with state agencies, legislators, and stakeholders, she lead the implementation of the governor’s signature public policy agenda, including passing legislation to ensure that every Ohio child has access to affordable health care; Ohio’s advanced energy standards bill; the first bipartisan jobs stimulus bill in the country; and a complete overhaul of Ohio’s education system and funding formula. Prior to working in his statehouse office, King was the chief policy advisor on Gov. Strickland’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign and worked as a policy aide and legislative director in his congressional office in Washington, D.C., beginning in 2002. Throughout her career, King has worked on economic development, education, and health care issues to make a meaningful impact on the lives of working families.

King is a graduate of Pepperdine University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science and English. She studied government and politics internationally while living in Heidelberg, Germany, working for the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., and supervising elections in Kosovo and Bosnia. She serves on the Ohio University Board of Trustees and as board chair of Innovation Ohio.