Janis Spires, MBA ’87

Janis was awarded the George Award for outstanding service by the Graziadio School’s Board of Visitors and the Waves of Service Award by Pepperdine University. She also accepted a $2,000 contribution from the University toward her work with Los Angeles impoverished children.

Janis has been president and CEO of Alliance for Children’s Rights (ACR) since 2002. As CEO, she strives to protect the rights of over 100,000 impoverished and abused children and youth.  Previously, Janis served as chief operating officer of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation for eight years. Prior to that, she worked for over a decade as a leader in healthcare and medical practice management.

In 2012 Los Angeles Magazine named Spire to its “2012 Game Changers” list of women whose work had a profound impact on L.A. She was selected for her unending efforts “to protect L.A.’s most vulnerable residents–neglected and abused kids.” Janis has been a Pepperdine University Waves of Service Leader since 2010. Janis has made significant contributions that have had a positive impact on both society at large, and the organizations and communities in which she works. Her accomplishments are in alignment with the University’s mission to strengthen lives for “purpose, service and leadership.”

Janis Spires, MBA ’87

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