Senator Janelle K. Sarauw
Janelle K. Sarauw was born on St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands to Levron and Carla Sarauw, and is the younger of two children. A proud product of the public education system, Janelle is an alumna of the Charlotte Amalie High School. Through her academic and athletic achievements, Janelle was awarded a four year volleyball scholarship to attend Florida Atlantic University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Global Governance; Interdisciplinary Studies of Social Science and a minor in History. Janelle also holds a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a certificate in Servant Leadership from Gonzaga University and is a US Government Certified Grant Writer.
Upon returning to the Virgin Islands, Janelle taught US History at the Charlotte Amalie High School for 3 years. It is during that time Janelle saw, admired and helped to develop the fortitude of our young people as they strived to overcome the odds of economic struggles coupled with educational challenges. In the year of 2010, Janelle assumed the position of Coordinator for the Virgin Islands Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation, another position of impactful influence on the youth of the Virgin Islands. In January 2015, Janelle became the Chief Researcher and Special Assistant for the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of the US Virgin Islands. Janelle was also a part-time professor of Political Science at the University of the Virgin Islands.
Realizing the importance of balance in one's life, in her spare time, Janelle is well involved in a plethora of activities. She has coached the Youth National Volleyball Team, is co-founder of Sky High Volleyball Club, former Board Member of the United Way St. Thomas/ St. John and past Vice-President of the St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals. Janelle currently coaches the Charlotte Amalie High School Varsity Volleyball Team, and as a staunch culture bearer, Janelle has been a mocko jumbie for over 20 years - bringing the culture of the Virgin Islands to hotels throughout the territory as well as representing the Virgin Islands throughout the Caribbean and United States.
In 2016 Janelle K. Sarauw, in her bid for Senator, led the Forward Movement campaign – a progressive campaign for government accountability and transparency. It is through this steadfast movement that irregularities in said elections were identified. The winner of the subsequent April 2017 Special Election, Janelle is eager to begin working on behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, diversifying the economy, thus garnering revenue streams to fund initiatives for youth development, senior care and environmental issues , among the many other needs of our territory. Her passion for service, supported by her educational qualification is undeniably her greatest attribute. Janelle strongly believes that the United States Virgin Islands is ready for young, invigorating leadership and vision that will prosperously propel the territory into the future.