Virginia 500 Spotlight
CEO, OneTen Coalition Inc., Norfolk
BEST ADVICE FOR OTHERS:
Find a mentor.
FIRST JOB: Farmer
who I ADMIRE: My grandparents, because of their resiliency and selflessness
WHAT I’VE LEARNED: There is talent and genius everywhere, but true opportunity does not exist everywhere.
WHAT MAKES ME PASSIONATE ABOUT MY WORK: The opportunity to help a person transform his life and the life of his loved ones
FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM: Whatever team my daughter is playing on
SOMETHING I WOULD NEVER
DO AGAIN: Eat vegan soul food
WHAT I WAS LIKE IN HIGH SCHOOL: Full of energy
FAVORITE APPS: Kindle, Audible
MOST RECENT BOOK READ: “Pillar of Fire: America in the King Years 1963-65,” by Taylor Branch
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT: Bermuda
DID YOU KNOW? A Rhodes scholar, Jones served as deputy secretary of housing and urban development in the Obama administration. Since 2021, he’s led OneTen, a coalition of Fortune 500 corporations and CEOs focused on hiring and promoting 1 million Black Americans without four-year college degrees in the next decade. Under Jones’ leadership, OneTen has already notched 17,000 hires and 4,000 promotions.