Kandace Jones brings 17 years of consulting experience working with and for federal, state, and local education agencies; nonprofits; and the private sector on program implementation and improvement through her leadership and delivery of high-quality capacity building and technical assistance (TA). Much of her career has been devoted to ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Ms. Jones is currently serving as Co-Director of the Region 8 Comprehensive Center, overseeing capacity-building service delivery to education agencies in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Ms. Jones lives in Region 8 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and most recently served as President/CEO of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. Under her leadership, the organization’s K–12 career readiness programs served nearly 57,000 students throughout 10 counties in Southeastern Michigan. Between 2012 and 2018, Ms. Jones served as an expert consultant for the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center (ARCC). During her 6 years on the ARCC, Ms. Jones successfully facilitated more than 30 multi-year, multi-level initiatives that built state capacity to implement and scale up large-scale reforms and evidence-based practices, using processes such as root-cause analysis, logic model development, and guidance on the implementation of evidence-based programs and practices.
Prior to joining ICF, Ms. Jones served as Consulting Advisor to the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Office of the Chief Academic Officer where she supported college- and career-readiness efforts through leading the implementation process for competency-based learning in middle and high schools. Ms. Jones served as the Director of the Office of Out-of-School Time Programs for DCPS, where she was responsible for the management of afterschool and summer programs across 102 schools serving more than 12,000 students.
Previously, Ms. Jones served as Special Assistant for School Turnaround and Acting Chief of Staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) at the U.S. Department of Education, where she coordinated high-quality, relevant TA to states and districts in turning around their lowest-performing schools, implementing reforms, and managing change across their systems. This TA included facilitating communities of practice; sharing research-based practices and emerging promising practices; coordinating ongoing partnerships with national experts and TA providers to host webinars and conferences; and directing TA to SEAs in support of LEA implementation of reform efforts. Ms. Jones also co-founded Global Elevation, a nonprofit whose mission was to stimulate economic growth and build capacity in low-income communities through afterschool and summer youth leadership development, entrepreneurial training, and cross-cultural exchange programs.