Deon Jones was most recently a member of the start-up team at Opportunity@Work operationalizing the national TechHire Initiative announced by President Obama to connect more Americans to well-paying tech jobs. Beyond his contributions at Opportunity@Work, Deon has become a nationally recognized voice on the upward mobility and wellness of young people, particularly those growing up in poverty and at-risk communities. As a passionate advocate for the wellness of young people, he was a National Spokesperson at the Campaign for Youth Justice, where he traveled globally speaking on the organization’s mission to end youth incarceration in the U.S. adult criminal justice system. In addition, he served on the board of America’s Promise Alliance, an organization founded by General Colin Powell to end the U.S. high school dropout crisis.
Deon voluntarily serves as Executive Director of Code The Streets, the nation's first social accelerator providing technology startups cash, resources, and mentors to solve the most acute problems facing inner city youth. His community outreach includes serving on the boards of Youth First! Justice Initiative and Blueprint for Success. In addition, he was appointed to the National Council of Young Leaders formed from a recommendation from the White House Council on Community Solutions.
Deon earned his B.A. in political science from American University's School of Public Affairs, where he was awarded the Truman Scholarship. He was also a 2013 Public Policy and International Affairs fellow at UC Berkeley.