Janani Ramachandran
Pronouns
She/Her
Year
2021
Chapter
Position
Family Violence Appellate Project
Janani Ramachandran is a lawyer, activist, and artist with a dual lifelong passion to build inclusive political systems, and end domestic violence. Her advocacy is focused on improving the lives of survivors by making the legal system more accessible and just, and by creating opportunities for healing and restorative justice. She endeavors to bring compassion and empathy into all legal and political institutions. Janani currently serves as a Commissioner on the Oakland Public Ethics Commission, as a Commissioner on the California Commission on API American Affairs, as Board Secretary for Family Violence Appellate Project, and as Board Director at Men Creating Peace. Janani is an East Bay native. She received her Juris Doctorate. from Berkeley Law and bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. Prior to law school, Janani worked as a home-visiting case manager for low-income immigrant mothers. She later founded a domestic violence advocacy program across five community health clinics, where she led training for medical staff, supervised advocates, and launched public education campaigns. As a law student, Janani worked for several legal aid organizations on the intersections of domestic violence, housing, and other social justices causes. She also externed for the Honorable Judge Tara Flanagan. Janani also has a background in the performing arts, and has devised original theater productions and music with the goal of catalyzing community action on various social justice issues.