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MARGARET TIFFT JANIS

EDUCATION

Masters of Public Administration, The George Washington University, 1975
Bachelor of Arts, Lawrence University, Cultural Anthropology, 1971
Numerous short courses in Federal Executive Development, Facilitation, Energy and Environmental Sustainability, Financial Management, Human Resources Management and Project Management

CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

Margaret and Jim Janis established The Janis Group, Inc. in 1996 following extensive careers in the Federal Government, private consulting firms and environmental non-profits. Margaret serves as the CEO of the Janis Group and works primarily in the field of organization change management. In 2006, Margaret and Jim, along with John Bradburne established Janis-Bradburne Executive Recruiting to provide executive recruiting services for their private sector clients.
Margaret works with Jim, John and their clients on procurements, recruiting assignments and strategic planning assignments and provides both firms with management support.

Margaret and Jim have worked together on a number of client projects, including serving on teams evaluating client proposals, planning proposal work for clients, and conducting analyses of their clients' competitive advantages in the U.S. Department of Energy site clean-up arena.

Since early 2006, The Janis Group has allowed Margaret serve as a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Inc. of Santa Fe. As a member of the Board, she has served as the Vice President (2006), the President (2007-2008) and currently, as the Immediate Past President (2009). While her position at Girls Inc. is volunteer, she has used many of her organizational management skills to the benefit of Girls Inc. In addition to the usual tasks of Board officers, the projects that she has spearheaded have included chairing a Board-staff task force to evaluate options for facilities expansion, conducting a competitive procurement for an architect to develop a conceptual design for the historic headquarters of Girls Inc. of Santa Fe, chairing the community committee charged with implementing a major gifts campaign to support a new facility, developing a goals-based performance system to manage the work of the Board and Executive Director and overseeing consultants preparing a marketing study and a five-year growth plan.

From 2000 to 2005, Margaret consulted with the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), a tribal college in Santa Fe on organizational change and environmental sustainability projects. At IAIA she designed an environmental sustainability strategy for the IAIA campus, directed a team from the University of New Mexico as they developed a detailed business and marketing strategy for IAIA's planned Lifelong Learning Center, and won grants totaling $2.25 million to support planning and construction of the Center.

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE

Prior to establishing the Janis Group with Jim in 1996, Margaret was the Vice President for Finance, Administration and Marketing at Clean Sites, an Alexandria, Virginia based non-profit established by the chemical industry to facilitate toxic waste clean-up projects. She directed a staff of eighteen and managed an overhead budget of $2.4 million. Aside from directing day-to-day management and administrative operations in her area, Margaret was responsible for recompeting all administrative contracts, restructuring her organization, increasing productivity, promoting employee retention and reducing overhead costs.

In 1984 Margaret established Stonnell Associates Incorporated in Alexandria, Virginia. Stonnell Associates porvided organizational development and financial management services to variety of clients in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the private sector.

INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT BANK EXPERIENCE

From 1982 to 1984 Margaret was a full-time consultant to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. There she helped establish the infrastructure for a fee-for-service system for internal computing services and designed the Information Resource Management Department's budget development and management reporting system.

FEDERAL EXPERIENCE

From 1978 to 1982 Margaret was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Program Information and Integration in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Toxic Substances. Margaret served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator's in-house manager, planning and staffing new program offices, supervising the administrative, budget and financial management staff, and overseeing design and implementation of the office's integrated resource management system.

From 1976 to 1978 Margaret served as the budget examiner for the Energy Research and Development Administration's Environmental and Life Sciences R & D Program in the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Office of the President. In addition to preparing and defending elements of the President's budget, she served on inter-agency task forces on environmental technology programs, and on the task force that established the U.S. Department of Energy in 1977.

From 1972 to 1976 Margaret served as a Program Analyst in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Planning and Evaluation. She conducted policy and legislative analysis related to energy conservation, resource recovery, hazardous and solid waste disposal, land use planning and unconventional energy resources.

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Margaret lives with her husband, Jim, in Cerrillos, NM, an area between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in the Ortiz Mountains.

Awards
Margaret was recently nominated by Girls Inc. of Santa Fe for the prestigious New Mexico Women of Distinction award.

Publications and Presentations
While consulting at IAIA, Margaret published papers in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Tribal News and the Santa Fe Sustainability Guide and spoke at several national conferences on IAIA's program to develop a sustainable campus.

Community Involvement
Margaret has been involved in numerous community groups since moving to New Mexico in 2000. These include:

  • The Board of the Friends of Archeology, a group that supports the New Mexico Office of Archeology
  • PEO, a women's philanthropic organization that supports continuing education for women
  • A grassroots group that fought and succeeded in stopping oil and gas exploration and development in the fragile Galisteo Basin
  • The New Mexico Governor's Green Building Task Force,a group that successfully lobbied the state legislature to pass legislation supporting green building initiatives in the state
  • The IAIA Business Council, which she founded and co-chaired
  • A member of a team of archeologists and assistants for the American Museum of Natural History's team excavating the San Marcos Pueblo Church in 2000 and 2001


Contact Margaret at:
The Janis Group, Inc.
Email: MargaretJanis@gmail.com