Loree Jones, President and CEOLoree Jones is the new President and CEO of AchieveAbility. Most recently, Loree was the Managing Director for the City of Philadelphia.Prior to her position as Managing Director, she served as Secretary of External Affairs for the City of Philadelphia and was responsible for the City's governmental relations and legislative affairs.As First Deputy Managing Director for the City, Loree served the citizens of Philadelphia by supporting initiatives to improve the delivery of social services and city services and coordinating interagency operations and special projects.She is most proud of her leadership role in executing "Project Brotherly Love," the City's Hurricane Katrina relief effort. Prior to her recent positions, Loree served as Executive Director of the African Studies Association, a non-profit organization that is the largest scholarly association for the study of Africa in the world.She
was the first person of African descent to hold this position.Loree has served as an African studies instructor in the Department of Sociology at Rider University and a teaching assistant in the History Department at Princeton University. Loree has served on the Board of Directors of Project H.O.M.E..She currently serves on the Police Athletic League (PAL) board and the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board.She is an advisory board member and former co-president of Operation Understanding, a non-profit organization that fosters cross-cultural understanding through a leadership-training program for high school students.She is a founding board member of the Urban Education Fund.Loree is a member of the Urban League of Philadelphia, the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College, the Philadelphia High School for Girls Alumnae Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She was elected to the Executive Committee of the Council of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies, a consortium of academic membership organizations representing over 100,000 members, and Nomination Committee of the National Humanities Alliance.She has served on the Board of Directors of both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Councils on Compulsive Gambling.She was a faculty advisor for the Douglass College Model United Nations and a fellow for Princeton University's Mathey College Fellows Program.
In 1998, she
was elected Democratic Committee Person in Philadelphia's 8th Ward, 13th Division. Loree holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Spelman College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Princeton University.She studied in Dakar, Senegal while in college and later conducted graduate research in Senegal at Cheikh Anta Diop Université in Dakar, where she worked in French and Wolof.
While studying in Senegal, Loree
volunteered at Africare
, an international non-governmental agency that provides development assistance to Africa.She
is the recipient of the Urban League of Philadelphia's
2003 Whitney M. Young, Jr.Young Leader Award and is identified as one of "10 People Under 40 to Watch in 2006" by the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine
.In 2006, Woodrock, Inc.
commitment to diversity and cross-cultural understanding.She
was selected to participate in the British American Project.She
recently returned from an Eisenhower Fellowship in South Africa, where she
studied how South African municipalities provide social services.