Vincent Jones began organizing in 1992 when he led the effort to keep the peace at his high school in the wake of the civil unrest following the Rodney King beating trial. He has been bringing people together to overcome challenges or achieve shared goals ever since. Currently he is a Senior Program Officer at the Liberty Hill Foundation where his major charge is to further grantmaking in the areas of Economic and Racial Justice, LGBTQ Justice, and Environmental Justice, especially to organizations led by people of color organizing in communities of color.
Vincent is a veteran of several statewide and local political campaigns including U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s 2004 re-election, State Treasurer Phil Angelides’ winning gubernatorial primary campaign, LAUSD’s successful School Bond Measure “R”, and former LA Police Chief Bernard Parks’ mayoral bid. He also developed policy and served as a field representative for U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer and NYC Councilmember David Yassky. Vincent served as executive director of a health organization. He is currently Board Co-Chair of the National Teen Leadership Program, a founding Board Member of the Barbara Jordan / Bayard Rustin Coalition, and a member of the Los Angeles Steering Committee for Lambda Legal.
He has a degree in History from Swarthmore College where he was a Eugene M. Lang Scholar for Social Action and received a Deans Award at graduation for his significant contributions to the college community. He was awarded a Public Policy & International Affairs Fellowship and was a semi-finalist for the Harry Truman Fellowship. Vincent is a native Angelino and lives in Westwood. You can follow Vincent on Twitter where he is @citizenjones76.