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CASS welcomes Jannah Scott to address Racial Equity and Diversity initiatives

Scott Murdoch

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PINAL COUNTY, AZ — Central Arizona Shelter Services or CASS is recruiting Dr. Jannah Scott to assist its newly created position of the Ramsey Consultancy for Social Justice, Racial Equity and Diversity. Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey of the Norton and Ramsey Social Justice Foundation will fund the new position where Jannah will serve.

Jenny Norton stated that “…this is intended as a reparation, to manifest the end of systemic racism within the outrageous treatment of unhoused African-American, Native American, Latino and Asian-American people.”

Jannah Norton will be a key member of the leadership team and will lead the development, implementation and management of CASS' racial equity and justice vision, as well as driving CASS' attempts to finish inequities in homelessness and housing problems. Here is the summary oh Jannah Norton's experience prior to this position.

She has had years of public and nonprofit services in Arizona, the U.S. and even around the globe. She has a handful of experience in homelessness, housing, criminal justice reform, child welfare, access to health care, immigration, all-hazards preparedness, response and recovery and the ministry of reconciliation policy and programs. Her recent position was with the 2020 Census, joining organizations into some of the most remote communities.

In the 2009 to 2017 period, Jannah was the Deputy Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of President Obama's administration. Jannah was honored to be the Secretary of Homeland Security’s representative to the US Interagency Council on Homelessness. She assisted in federal policy and guidance to states and localities, provided help for homeless people.

During 2005 to 2009, she was the Policy Advisor on Faith and Community Initiatives to Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona Governor. Jannah was the Governor's representative in community investment coalitions, faith leaders, cities and counties to build and reinforce local initiatives in serving the poorest and high-risk people in Arizona.

Jannah was the Executive Director, Collaboration for a New Century from 1998 through 2005 with the role of public service, policy and working groups that aided the Maricopa Human Services Campus initiatives.

She is a covenant partner with JGM Enternational Prayerlife Institute. The institute has the vision to transform and build lives, families, churches, cities and nations through prayer. She also has the role on the leadership council of African-American Christian Clergy Coalition. Jannah began her ministry career in 1997 as a street outreach worker.

Jannah Scott has undergraduate and graduate degrees, both from the University of California at Berkeley, in Public Health Planning and Policy. She also has postgraduate work at ASU and Brown University and an honorary Doctor of Theology from the Gateway International Bible College in Phoenix.

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