Jenell Lawson


Deputy Director & Vice President of Human Resources


Jenell Marie Lawson joined CAANH in 2009 as the Director of Human Resources and became Vice President of Human Resources in 2014. 


As an integral member of the Executive Management Team,  Jenell is responsible for talent identification, mediation, recruitment consultation with other leaders regarding staff deployment.  She is also responsible for responding to and identifying emerging trends in the workplace and ensures that technical training and development needs remain consistent with the demands of the workplace.   Other responsibilities include: overseeing organizational development, recruitment and staffing, employment law, performance management, employee relations,  compensation and benefits, she assists with program development, and grant writing.  In partnership with the President/CEO, she establishes human resources strategies and methodologies that align with the mission of the organization in additional to shared oversight for programs. 


Prior to joining CAANH, Ms. Lawson worked at CuraGen for 10 years, where she was the Manager of IP Operations of the Intellectual Property Department.  She managed and provided guidance for team building, leading and advising IP group through complex restructuring of operations, costs reduction, database management,  patent and trademark prosecution and monitoring, price negotiation, budgeting, and process improvement.


Jenell has also worked as Realtor and Freelance Paralegal where she negotiated prices, executed contracts for purchases and leases, client and landlord mediation, and completed due diligence for pre-claim investigation.  Jenell holds a Master in Criminal Justice/Public Administration, and a Master in Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of New Haven.   In addition, she has a Paralegal Certificate and is a Notary Public.