Janelle Wood earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Arizona State University in 1989 and her Master of Arts degree in Biblical Leadership from Phoenix Seminary in 2005. She has always had a heart for those in need and a passion to build up the people within her community. She has been married for 27 years and is the proud mother of one adult son. Janelle's passion is to ensure all Black children have the opportunity to live out their God-given purpose, free from the threat of systems, laws, policies, procedures and practices that limit and control the movement of their Black bodies. Janelle is the Founder/President of the Black Mothers Forum, Inc., founded in August 2016, a non-profit organization of black mothers who have come together to end the bloodshed in the Black community; dismantle the school to prison pipeline; and restore the strength, dignity and hope of the Black community. She was one of the City of Phoenix’s 2019 MLK, Jr. Living the Dream Awardees; served on the City of Phoenix Mayor Gallegos’ Ad Hoc Committee on Policing and the Arizona Department of Education’s School Safety Task Force. She currently serves on the Arizona Department of Education’s Equity and Inclusion Council; African American Advisory Council for the Arizona Department of Public Safety; Leadership Team of Unity Collective; and started the Black Mothers Forum’s Super Saturday School; and Black Mothers Forum’s MicroSchools (opened in January 2021).