Janet has been at Burness for 20 years and helps steer company strategy, vision, staff development and quality improvement efforts.

Janet is a seasoned communications strategist and writer with strong skills in media and stakeholder engagement, message testing and framing, media training, event planning, and translating issues related to health, social policy and economics.

At Burness, Janet leads communication efforts for projects focused on reducing poverty and inequality, building healthy neighborhoods, advancing health equity, addressing the social factors that influence health and opportunity, and helping children and youth heal from the effects of trauma, violence and racism.

She provides strategy and counsel to some of the country’s most influential national and local foundations, researchers, and NGOs including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Commonwealth Fund, and Brandeis University’s Child Opportunity Index.

Prior to joining Burness, Janet spent years as a journalist covering health policy and economics. She also is a former Kaiser Media Fellow. In her spare time, Janet is a podcast nerd who enjoys swimming inside or outside, taking long hikes in the woods with her dog, and traveling the world with her family.