DOVER, DE — On Nov. 24, 2015, Jennifer Barber Ranji, the daughter of Helen and Leon Barber of Swedesboro, was sworn in as a Judge in the Family Court of the State of Delaware.
The Honorable Ranji is a graduate of Kingsway Regional High School, Rutgers University, and Widener University School of Law.
Judge Ranji has spent her career helping families and children who are often facing very challenging circumstances.
Under Governor Jack Markell she served as Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families. In this role she oversaw a Department of 1,200 staff members who served abused and delinquent children.
Ranjii previously served as Education Policy Advisor to Markell. During this tenure she was the lead staff person in Delaware’s “Race To The Top” federal grant application, in which Delaware came in first place and received $119 million dollars for education initiatives.
Among her previous positions she served with the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, as Director of Legal Affairs for Family Court, and as Deputy Legal Counsel for then Governor Carper. Judge Ranji has performed significant Pro Bono service through Delaware Volunteer Legal Services and the Office of the Child Advocate. In addition, she chaired the Child Protection Accountability Commission and was a member of the Child Death Review Commission.
She also led the State’s Early Childhood efforts, including overseeing receipt and implementation of a $49 million early learning grant.
Judge Ranji resides in Delaware with her husband and two children.