Stephanie J. Jones brings more than 30 years of public, private and non-profit sector experience in government, law, education and journalism to Stephanie Jones Strategies, LLC, the public affairs, strategic planning and government relations firm she launched in 2010.

Stephanie’s work as a thought-leader and policy expert has fostered diversity, public engagement and cross-cultural understanding across many segments of society. Her groundbreaking Sunday Morning Apartheid study, which she conceived, conducted, and wrote, triggered a significant and measurable increase in the on-air racial diversity of network and cable news programming. Her essays and commentary on public policy, civil rights, and social justice have been featured in The Washington Post, Salon, and other publications.

Stephanie has devoted her life and career to “bridging the gaps” that separate people, communities and ideas. In 2015, Stephanie was appointed Senior Counselor to the Secretary and Chief Opportunities Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation in September 2015. In these roles, Stephanie advised Secretary Anthony Foxx on an array of issues and ensured that his ensured that all of the Department’s transportation infrastructure decisions and funded projects connect people to opportunities, create jobs, revitalize neighborhoods, and were responsive to the needs and aspirations of the people they impact.

Prior to her appointment as Senior Counselor and C-Opp-O, Stephanie was DOT’s Deputy Chief of Staff. In this position, she was a senior advisor to the Secretary, helping him manage a department with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget, and handling special projects and priority initiatives. During this time, from 2014 to 2016, Stephanie also served in a dual capacity as the Acting Director of DOT’s Departmental Office of Civil Rights. In that role, she oversaw the Department’s equal opportunity programs across DOT’s 10 Operating Administrations, including Title VI, ADA and language access compliance and enforcement, Environmental Justice, and the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, which guarantees small businesses owned by women and minorities a fair opportunity to compete for billions of dollars of federally-funded transportation contracts across the country.

Before launching her small business in 2010, Stephanie served as the Executive Director of the National Urban League Policy Institute, the Urban League’s research, policy and advocacy arm. She was also Editor-in-Chief of The State of Black America and Opportunity Journal magazine. During her tenure, Stephanie reorganized and re-branded the Policy Institute into a nationally recognized and highly regarded advocacy, policy, research and publication center.

From 2002 until 2005, Stephanie served as Chief Judiciary Committee Counsel to Senator John Edwards, advising him on judicial nominations, civil rights and liberties, homeland security, labor, and other issues. She worked closely with the Senator in the development of his anti-poverty, civil rights and urban agendas and was a senior advisor during his 2004 presidential and vice presidential campaigns. Before working for Senator Edwards, Stephanie was Chief of Staff to the late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio.

From 1994 until 2000, Stephanie was a presidential appointee in the Clinton Administration, serving as Secretary’s Regional Representative in the U.S. Department of Education, where she was the Administration’s education point person for a six-state region. During this time, she also extensively traveled with President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, coordinating scores of events and domestic and foreign trips, including the President’s state visits to Africa, Europe, Asia, and the First Lady’s Save Our Treasures Tour and numerous international trips.

Before entering government service, Stephanie was an Associate Professor of Law at Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where she taught Civil and Criminal Procedure, Civil Rights Law, Entertainment Law, and Trial Advocacy. Stephanie has also served on the adjunct faculty of Northwestern University School of Law and practiced law with the firm Graydon, Head & Ritchey in Cincinnati. Prior to her legal career, Stephanie was a staff reporter at the Cincinnati Post and the personal assistant to Lionel Richie and the Commodores.

Stephanie earned her B.A. from Smith College and her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a Fellow in the Urban Morgan Institute of Human Rights. She also attended Tuskegee University as an undergraduate exchange student.