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Kathleen Kelly Janus

Kathleen Kelly Janus

Lecturer, Program on Social Entrepreneurship (Winter 2014)

Encina Hall
616 Serra Street
Stanford, CA 94305-6055


Kathleen Kelly Janus focuses on advancing human rights and elevating the status of women around the world. An attorney, she has spearheaded numerous social justice initiatives.

Janus is a co-founder of Spark, a non-profit focused on building a community of young, global citizens promoting gender equality. Since its founding in 2004, Spark has engaged more than 5,000 young professionals nationwide and raised more than $1.5 million to support grassroots women’s organizations. In 2007, Janus was named Young Non-Profit Professionals’ Board Leader of the Year for her work with Spark. She currently sits on Spark’s Board of Advisors.

From 2007 to 2011, Janus helped launch and direct Stanford Law School’s international human rights clinics in Namibia and South Africa, supervising Stanford students on fieldwork projects related to HIV/AIDS, water rights and rural women’s issues. Janus lectures widely on these topics. She currently sits as an adjunct faculty member of the University of San Francisco Masters of Arts International Studies Program and will be teaching international human rights at Berkeley Law School and social entrepreneurship at Stanford’s Program on Social Entrepreneurship in the spring 2013. She has also taught courses at Stanford Law School and Santa Clara Law School.

From 2009 to 2013, Janus was the Pro Bono Counsel at Covington and Burling, LLP, responsible for connecting the firm’s attorney’s with underserved California communities and Bay Area legal services organizations.

As a member of the Northern California Board Committee for Human Rights Watch, Janus is co-chair of HRW’s annual fundraising event, which raises over $2 million for the organization. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors of Accountability Counsel and the Board of Advisors for the Human Rights Center at U.C. Berkeley.

A graduate of Berkeley Law School, Janus also graduated with highest honors from U.C. Berkeley with degrees in political science and Spanish. She lives in San Francisco with her husband Ted and their baby daughter.