Joseph T. Jones, Jr.
Founder, President & CEO
Mr. Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is president and founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF). Prior to founding CFUF, Mr. Jones developed and directed the Men’s Services program for the federally funded Baltimore Healthy Start initiative and replicated the Baltimore affiliate of the nationally recognized STRIVE employment services program.
His ability to engage and provide hands-on services to fathers has garnered him a reputation of trailblazer in the field. Mr. Jones is a national leader in workforce development, fatherhood and family services programming, and through his professional and civic involvement influences policy direction nationwide.
As a lifelong resident of Baltimore City, Mr. Jones firmly believes that families can rise out of poverty if provided with the appropriate foundation and information to maintain a cohesive family unit. To that end, Mr. Jones worked in tandem with the State of Louisiana’s Department of Social Services to develop the Exploring Relationships and Marriage with Fragile Families curriculum. The curriculum is designed to provide single parents with the communication, conflict resolution, and effective parenting skills that lead to bettered outcomes for children.
Mr. Jones has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and programming including: the White House Champion of Change Award, the Johns Hopkins University Leadership Development Program’s Distinguished Leadership Award and the Fullwood Foundation’s Valued Hours Award.
He currently serves on President Obama’s Taskforce on Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Families and several boards including: the Open Society Institute-Baltimore, the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board, the National Fatherhood Leaders Group, and the Development Training Institute.
He has also previously served on the boards of Campaign for Our Children and the National Practitioners Network for Fathers and Families and was an active member in former President Clinton’s Work Group on Welfare Reform.
Jones has served as a community advisor on fatherhood issues to Vice President Al Gore and contributed to First Lady Laura Bush’s Helping America’s Youth initiative.
Mr. Jones’ media appearances include several local, national, and international media outlets such as the New York Times, McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, 48 Hours, CNN, PBS, The Osgood Files, Spike TV, Fox News Channel, and NPR.
Jones is a member of the Weinberg Fellows program.
At the age of 50, he became a cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is happily married and has three children.