Stand for Children Arizona, a nonprofit committed to improving education for all kids, announced that Janey Pearl has joined its team as the Arizona communications director.

Pearl's previous experience includes serving as senior advisor to Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon, where she was responsible for English and Spanish media relations, working on education issues, and serving as a liaison to the Latino, immigrant, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered (GLBT) communities.

She also served as press secretary under Attorney General Terry Goddard and as public information officer/Latino outreach coordinator at the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Pearl received her master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she focused on at-risk and traumatized youth.

She is also a Sun Devil, graduating from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies and certification in nonprofit leadership and management.

Pearl has been active in various community organizations for more than 15 years. Currently, she serves as a board member of the Girl Scouts Cactus-Pine Council and the Hispanic Outreach Alliance.

She is also a current Valley Leadership participant and an Anti-Defamation League facilitator.

Several organizations have recognized Pearl for her community involvement.

She also received Valle del Sol's Profiles of Success Award, ASU's Hispanic Convocation Student of the Year Award, Class Marshall Recognition from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a recipient of the Gates Millennium Scholarship.

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