Jeanette Manning is the director of NAGTRI. Previously, she served as a NAGTRI program counsel and director of the Center for International Partnerships and Strategic Collaboration (CIPS-C). As CIPS-C director, she initiated, coordinated, and conducted domestic and international NAGTRI trainings and technical assistance evaluations, arranges and hosts international delegations and meetings, oversaw special international projects, and developed domestic and international partnerships with key stakeholders to achieve NAGTRI objectives and those of importance to attorney general offices. Jeanette also conducts research and writes for NAAG and NAGTRI publications and previously served as liaison to the NAAG Human Trafficking Committee and the NAAG Midwest Region.
For eight years prior to joining NAAG, Jeanette served as an assistant attorney general and chief in the District of Columbia Attorney General’s Office. For the last five years of her tenure, she served as chief of the Neighborhood and Victim Services Section in the Public Safety Division, where she supervised attorneys, paralegals, and victim witness specialists, surrounding an array of issues involving urban blight and decay to include providing protective services to victims of crime, nuisance abatement, brothel closures connected to human trafficking, and drug and firearm nuisances. As chief, she received the Peter J. Nickles Hammer award—the highest honor bestowed to an attorney by the attorney general—and the Metropolitan Police Department’s Chief of Police Medal of Merit award by former Police Chief Cathy Lanier for her efforts to address challenging public safety issues in the District of Columbia. Jeanette also served as a member and co-chair of the Training Committee with the District of Columbia Human Trafficking Task Force and has conducted human trafficking trainings for the public and law enforcement officials. Manning also prosecuted abuse and neglect cases in the Child Protection Section during her tenure in the Family Services Division. She worked as an associate with Cozen O’Connor, where she worked on corporate insurance matters, and she clerked for the Honorable Judith E. Retchin in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. She also worked as a probation officer for Connecticut prior to enrolling in law school.
Jeanette was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in Justice and Law Administration. She obtained her Juris Doctor degree from the American University, Washington College of Law. She is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars.