Board and Staff

Janice Palmer

Vice President and Director of Policy

Janice Palmer is the Vice President and Director of Policy at Helios Education Foundation. Ms. Palmer is responsible for identifying policy opportunities that leverage and/or positively impact the Foundation’s investments and ensure current policy and advocacy activities inform the Foundation’s work, in both Arizona and Florida.

Prior to joining Helios, Janice was the Director of Governmental Relations & Public Affairs for the Arizona School Boards Association (ASBA) and was with the Association for over 15 years. Janice has previously served as Communications Director for the Proposition 200: Healthy Children Healthy Families campaign and was an Arizona Senate Policy Advisor, working in the areas of tax and fiscal policy, commerce and economic development, bilingual education, civil rights issues, and redistricting.

Janice graduated Arizona State University magna cum laude with degrees in English and Political Science.

In 2015, Ms. Palmer played a major role in the negotiations to settle the school finance lawsuit that resulted in Proposition 123 being placed on the Arizona special election ballot, and successfully passed, in May 2016.  Janice was appointed by Governor Ducey to a two-year term as a Commissioner for the Education Commission of the States and also serves on numerous boards and committees, including: the Arizona State Board of Education A-F School Accountability Ad Hoc Committee, Arizona Grantmakers Forum Public Policy Committee, Expect More Arizona Public Policy Committee and Public Engagement Task Force, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce Workforce Readiness Committee and Public Affairs Committee, Arizona Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Committee, Rodel Charitable Foundation Advisory Committee, Arizona Early Childhood Alliance Legislative Strategy Committee, and Achieve60Az Strategy Committee.

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