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Deon Jones

Deon Jones
Deon Jones
Special Project Assistant to the President
Be the Change, Inc.

Deon Jones is Special Project Assistant to the President at Be The Change, Inc., a social entrepreneurial organization that creates and manages national issue-based campaigns, such as ServiceNation, Opportunity Nation, and Got Your 6. Prior to joining Be The Change, Inc., Mr. Jones served as National Spokesperson at the Campaign for Youth Justice, where he traveled globally speaking on the organization’s mission to end youth incarceration in the U.S. adult criminal justice system. Additionally, he is Founder and Facilitator of the Manifest Leadership Institute, an academic and leadership development program for formerly incarcerated teenage boys. In addition, Mr. Jones is the youngest elected official in Washington, D.C.'s history. He was elected and served as D.C. Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner representing Ward 3 from 2011-2013.

He serves on the board of directors at America’s Promise Alliance and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Alumni Association. He has been a contributor to News One Now with Roland Martin on TV One and Politic365.

Mr. Jones has received many honors and awards for his work. In 2013, the D.C. City Council passed the “Deon T. Jones Recognition Resolution of 2013” honoring his service to the city. Also, Mr. Jones is the first African-American from American University to be appointed a Harry S. Truman Scholar by Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

He obtained his B.A. in Political Science from American University and King’s College London this past May. While at American University, Mr. Jones held fellowship and internship positions with in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House of Representatives, the White House, and with Teach for America. He also was a Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at the University of California, Berkeley.

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