Jennifer Jones currently serves in a newly created position at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities with responsibility to lead the Alliance’s efforts to bring to scale what works in promoting the health and well-being of children and families through programs, services, and systems innovation with an emphasis on decreasing the number of people living in poverty, increasing the number of people living safe and healthy lives, and putting more people on the pathway for education and employment success. A key responsibility of the position is managing a three-year grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to infuse, align, and accelerate brain research into nonprofit agency practice, policy, and systems.
Most recently, Jones served as the associate director of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund, the state’s leading child abuse prevention agency. Jones led the agency’s efforts informed by research on adverse childhood experiences, which included advancing the strategic recommendations made in the publications “Adverse Childhood Experiences in Wisconsin: Findings from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Survey” and “Wisconsin ACE Brief: 2011 and 2012 Data.” Jones also co-led the state’s efforts with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in integrating the Positive Community Norms model into child abuse prevention efforts. She was also responsible for the agency’s strategic planning, public policy, and communications efforts.
For the last two years, at the board’s request, Jones served as interim executive director of the Children’s Trust Fund. In that role, she provided leadership and vision for the agency and coordinated all activities related to the governor-appointed Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. Preceding her positions with the Children’s Trust Fund, Jones served as the communications specialist in the Secretary’s Office at the Department of Children and Families and as a child welfare policy advisor in the Division of Children and Family Services.
Jones also served as the grants manager with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and the executive director of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. She is currently on the Hunger Task Force Board of Directors. Jones received her bachelor’s in social work from Marquette University and is obtaining her master's in social work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.