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PLP 2017 Profile: Jana Braswell

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Name:
Jana Braswell


Birthplace and/or where you grew up:
Richmond Virginia

Current Digs:
Chesterfield, VA

Occupation:
Coordinator for the Center for Behavioral Health and Justice

Favorite part about the job:
Feeling like we, the Center, can make a difference. Responding to the needs of people with behavioral health disorders in the Criminal Justice system is pretty complicated stuff. Creating change of this magnitude really comes down communication, collaboration and coordination - each of which the Center strives to do.

Your first job ever:
Little Caesars Pizza on Forest Hill Avenue. I had to get a work permit because I was only 15. I learned rather fast that I did not want to sling pizza for a living.

Favorite Book:
I have a hard time finishing books so this is a hard one for me. I will say I absolutely loved The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.

Comfort Food:
Chocolate chip cookies and bagels and lox (not at the same time)

What’s playing in your car right now?
NPR

Next journey?
Our kids are entering Kindergarten this year...

Favorite Virginia destination?
There are so many! Depends on the time of year.

First political memory?
I was asked this question during our first Sorensen weekend and had a hard time thinking back to what that might be. The good news is I have a ton of memories to reference now, and I look forward to more!

Best advice you ever got?
[Redacted]. Can I say that here? If not... "Follow your heart, but don't let your head be too far behind"

If you could have dinner with anyone currently living, whom would it be and why?
There are so many. I think today it would be James Comey.

One thing most people would be surprised to learn about you?
I drove across the country from San Francisco to Richmond, VA when I was 20 years old in a 1973 Ford pick up truck. It was lime green and broke down multiple times. Oh, and we didn't have cell phones in 1993 (at least my friend and I didn't!)

Ambition, political or otherwise?
To continue down the path I am on, wherever that may lead.

Favorite part about the PLP so far?
I realize it is cliche', but the people. The people and the realization that we truly have the best of the best engaged in Virginia politics.