Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center for Urban Families, a nonprofit service organization in Baltimore, Maryland, that empowers low-income families by enhancing the ability of men to fulfill their roles as fathers and improving the ability of both women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners. Jones has a proven ability to provide hands-on services to fathers and has emerged as a national leader in workforce development and family services programming. His professional and civic involvement has also enabled him to influence and participate in policy direction nationwide.
Jones has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and activities, including the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award, the Walter Sondheim Public Service Award and the White House Champion of Change Award. He currently serves on President Obama’s Taskforce on Fatherhood and Healthy Families. His engagement with previous administrations includes advising Vice President Al Gore on fatherhood issues and contributing to First Lady Laura Bush’s Helping America’s Youth initiative.
Jones is a Weinberg Fellow and a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.