Ms. Johanna Leblanc is a socially conscious foreign affairs and national security professional. She migrated to the United States from Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the age of ten (10). Growing up, Ms. Leblanc always believed that the surest way to success was through education. Having placed much emphasis on education throughout her life, in 2016 Ms. Leblanc graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence (JD) from Indiana University- Robert
H. McKinney School of Law where she focused on international law. Ms. Leblanc is currently pursuing a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in National Security and U.S. Foreign Affairs Law at The George Washington University School of law in Washington, D.C
Ms. Leblanc also holds a Master of Science in Public Administration from Florida A&M University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bethune- Cookman University.
Considering that the legal profession is the least diversified field in the United States, in 2015, Ms. Leblanc partnered with the Admissions Office at the Indiana University-Robert H. McKinney School of Law and started an annual “High School Law Day” program. She specifically targeted African Americans and other minority high school students in low income communities in order to expose them to the legal profession. In 2016, over 100 high school students were in attendance. She believes that two of the contributions towards the lack of diversity in the legal profession are due to lack of mentorship and exposure.
Ms. Leblanc also started an annual fundraising gala to raise awareness of child abuse, domestically, and globally. Under her leadership, over eight-thousand dollars were raised within a two-year period and donated to organizations that provide resources to victims of child abuse. In spite of working several jobs while in law school to support herself financially, and having legal custody of her younger sibling, she consistently found time to use her platform to raise awareness of some of society’s most critical issues and plans to continue doing so as a public servant.
Throughout her law school career, she worked as an Adjunct Professor; advocated for better environmental policies; raised awareness to housing issues impacting immigrants; worked on women’s rights issues both internationally and locally; and served on various boards in Indianapolis as a way to contribute positively to her community. She has worked extensively in Southeast-Asia, Southern and Western Africa on access to legal justice, child marriage issues, and electoral reforms.
As a result, due to some of her efforts on and off campus, she was named the “2015-2016 Outstanding Woman Student Leader” of the entire Indiana University-Purdue University School system by the faculty at Indiana University Robert H McKinney School of Law. Ms. Leblanc is also the recipient of the 2016 Class of the Bethune-Cookman University 40 under 40 award. Recently, Ms. Leblanc was presented with the “Lifetime Trailblazer for Change and Innovation” award by the Association of Haitian Professionals in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Leblanc has over five (5) years of experience in teaching at the collegiate level. In the past, Ms. Leblanc has taught “Branding” and “The Legal Rights of Grandparents and Non-Custodial Parents” at Indiana University-Purdue University.
In 2017, Ms. Leblanc was nominated by the Military Observation Commission Project (MOCP) and given approval by the Pentagon to (a) attend; (b) observe; (c) analyze; (d) critique; and (e) report on military commission war crimes hearings at Guantanamo Bay or to travel to Ft. Meade, Maryland where the hearings are simultaneously broadcast via CCTV from Guantanamo to a secure facility on the Ft. Meade army base.
In addition, Ms. Leblanc was appointed to the Commission on African Affairs by the Mayor of Washington, DC. In that capacity she serves as an advocate for African persons in the District; review and submit to the Mayor, the Council, and the Office, and make available to the public, an annual report that includes an analysis of the needs of the African community in the District. Review and comment on proposed District and federal legislation, regulations, policies, and programs and make policy recommendations on issues affecting the health, safety, and welfare of the African community.
Ms. Leblanc also serves as a Political and National Security Strategist where she provides commentary through national and international press on domestic and foreign politics.
Ms. Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to utilize her education and work experience to influence policies that will have a direct political, social, and economical impact on the Middle East and Western Africa. Her focus areas are counterterrorism, intelligence, and immigration.
Ms. Leblanc currently resides in Washington, D.C.