Ana Janaina Nelson, Co-Founder, Inclusive America

Jana Nelson

Ana Janaina Nelson (Jana) is the co-founder of Inclusive America, a social startup seeking to make our government as diverse as its people. Jana is a former U.S. Diplomat specialized in Latin America with previous public affairs experience in the private sector. From 2015 to 2017, Jana was the Vice-President for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean for Speyside Corporate Relations, a multinational government relations firm. From 2010 to 2015, Jana served as a policy adviser at the United States Department of State, working on the bilateral relationship between the United States and Brazil. For the U.S. government, she also worked in the U.S. Senate as a Foreign Policy advisor for Senator Barbara Boxer, and at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Before joining public service, Jana was a consultant for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a DC-based think tank. Jana received her M.A. from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her B.A. in International Relations from University of Brasilia.  Jana is a native speaker of English and Portuguese and is fluent in Spanish and French. In Latin America, Jana has lived and worked in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, and Argentina.