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Academy of Lifelong Learning

Jan Elvin - Chair

Jan grew up in McLean, Virginia and graduated from Stratford College in Danville, VA with a B.A. in Spanish. She enjoyed her Junior year in Spain so much that after graduation she returned to live and teach. After three years, she returned to the D.C. area and worked in one of Ralph Nader’s groups. 

Jan spent eighteen years with the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). She was the founding editor and chief writer for the National Prison Project JOURNAL, a quarterly publication widely read by academics, corrections officials, prisoners, and lawyers. 

She worked as a court liaison and victim advocate with the Abused Persons Program in Montgomery County, MD, primarily with the Latino population. 

Jan authored a memoir, “The Box from Braunau: In Search of My Father’s War,” (2009) after uncovering a link to the WWII experiences her father never shared. From Omaha Beach to the liberation of a concentration camp, the book reveals the effects the final Allied offensive had on him and on his family.

She and her husband, Alvin Bronstein, a civil rights attorney who passed away in 2015, moved to Chestertown in 2011. Jan has volunteered at the Community Food Pantry, the Mid-Shore Pro Bono Family Law Assistance Clinic, and serves on the WC-ALL Council. She loves the welcoming vibe of Kent County, its lively cultural scene, and kayaking from her back door.