Janani Ramachandran

Public Ethics Commissioner

Janani Ramachandran

Public Ethics Commissioner

Janani Ramachandran is third-year law student at Berkeley Law. A native of Alameda County, she graduated from Stanford University in 2014, receiving honors from the Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law. Janani began her career at a large community health clinic, working as a home-visiting case manager for low-income immigrant mothers. She later founded and managed the clinic’s first domestic violence advocacy program, where she conducted trainings for staff and partner agencies, supervised crisis workers, and launched public outreach campaigns. Janani is currently a Board Director at two local nonprofits, Family Violence Appellate Project and Men Creating Peace.

During her time at Berkeley Law, Janani has externed for the Honorable Judge Tara Flanagan, and has worked with East Bay Community Law Center on eviction defense cases, and with Bay Area Legal Aid on representing survivors of domestic violence. She founded Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence (BRAIV), which advocates for survivors by conducting court-observations, and by hosting campus educational programs. Janani was previously a summer fellow at the Ford Foundation, and at the Hewlett and Flora Family Foundation, where she worked on-site with civil society organizations in Haiti, Gujarat, and Bangalore. Janani has also pursued her advocacy through performing arts, and has devised original theater productions and music with the goal of catalyzing community action on various social justice issues.

PEC appointee

Email Address: JRamachandran@oaklandca.gov

Phone Number: 510-238-3593

Term Start Date: Jan 22, 2020

Term End Date: Jan 21, 2023