Jane Lang practiced law in Washington DC for over 30 years before undertaking a second career in the arts and philanthropy. She began her career in law at Steptoe & Johnson, where she became the first woman partner, and later served as General Counsel of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Carter Administration. She became a successful litigator on behalf of victims of workplace discrimination with her late husband, Paul Sprenger. Together, they garnered hundreds of millions of dollars for minorities, women, older and displaced workers nationwide and effected major changes in employment practices. She continues to work on litigation in a consultative capacity.
Jane’s second career is now channeled through the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, of which she is Board Chair. Previously, through the Sprenger Lang Foundation that she established with her late husband, she produced the Helen Hayes award-winning play Leaving the Summer Land, the widely-acclaimed play, Beyond Glory that travelled to Chicago, Broadway and around the world, Spunk and, in 2008, Good Night Moon, which was recognized with three Helen Hayes nominations for excellence. Since 2001, Jane has devoted much of her time to the development and governance of the non-profit Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE which opened in 2006. She served as Atlas Board Chair until December 31, 2014 and has received numerous awards for reinventing the Atlas – an abandoned movie theatre and shops – and leading the revitalization of H Street NE in Washington. She also manages the care of her 96 year old father and 94 year old aunt, both of whom have dementia. This experience has encouraged her interest in Alzheimers care and the relationship between arts and aging.
Jane lives in Washington DC. She and Paul were parents of five children and grandparents of fourteen. Jane is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College and holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlas, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation and Swarthmore College.
Jane has previously published short fiction and non-fiction and has recently resumed writing.