Nakeisha Neal Jones is a demonstrated change-maker in the city. A native Washingtonian, Neal Jones has been Executive Director of Public Allies D.C. for the past six years, where she leads a movement of young adults from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to careers working for community and social change.
An alumna of the Public Allies D.C. apprenticeship, Neal Jones supports Public Allies’ mission to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership needed to sustain it. Its work is grounded in the conviction that everyone can lead. Through a rigorous 10-month AmeriCorps program, apprentices gain work experience and, a lasting relationship with nonprofit and community work.
Neal Jones’ deep knowledge of and involvement in the work ofwith community-based organizations and D.C. government stems from a long history of service withserving both sectors. This nonprofits and the District government, which includeds working in D.C.’s Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. There she managed human services strategies for the New Communities Initiative. She also managed grants for overmore than $3 million in federal funds focused on juvenile justice and delinquency prevention in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Public Safety. Additionally, Neal Jones also was also on the founding team for the Georgetown Executive Nonprofit Certificate Program and trained hundreds of low- and moderate -income homebuyers and homeowners.
Neal Jones was appointed to the DCHA Board of Commissioners in May 2016. She also serves on NPR affiliate WAMU 88.5’s community advisory board (the WAMU Community Council), which represents the interests of the listening public. Neal Jones earned her undergraduate degree in public policy from Duke University, and received a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.