Jacqueline Jones, a Boston native, grew up in Brockton. A graduate of Simmons College, she was an English major with a minor in Communications. Afterwards, she attended law school at Northeastern University. After graduation she practiced law at Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services and then later in Brockton, for Southeastern MA Legal Services. Her transition from law to education occurred after she joined the team at City Year Boston, first in development, then in Program and finally as a GED Instructor. That led to her becoming an adjunct faculty member and Admissions Recruiter for Massasoit Community College, where she served for almost 12 years before moving to Georgia.
She lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years, where she worked for Year Up, a non-profit workforce development program for young people ages 18-24, as a business communications instructor. In that role, she served as a trainer for technical writing, public speaking, project management, business etiquette and customer service (for which she is certified via HDI.) She recently retired to her home area where the majority of her family still lives.
Also, as a Toastmaster, she has earned advanced public speaking recognition and is continuing towards her goal of becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) the highest level of Toastmaster certification. A certified life coach, Ms. Jones enjoys helping individuals align with their passion and purpose so that they may operate at the center of their gifts. She has 3 adult children, 2 daughters and a son, and she has 2 granddaughters and one grandson. Ms. Jones enjoys reading, going to the beach, listening to jazz, soft rock and ol’ skool R and B, playing board games, especially Scrabble and Taboo and also looking at life through the lens of movies.
She is excited to bring her knowledge of community building and personal capacity building into her role as adjunct instructor at the College for Social Innovations. She values social justice work as necessary for equity and peace to prevail. A quote that helps ground her purpose is:
“It is said that the law is fair in that both
the rich man and the poor man
are prohibited from sleeping under the bridge.
But in reality the rich man has no intention of
Ever sleeping under the bridge,
while the poor man
Has no choice.”