Heather M Jones is a Des Moines, Iowa native and proud graduate of Des Moines’ East High School (‘02). Jones holds a BA in International Relations and Political Science from William Jewell College (‘06) and a Masters in Business Leadership from William Penn University (‘11).
As a student and young professional, Jones was active in organizations that laid the foundation for her life-long interests. She was introduced to citizen diplomacy through the Des Moines/Kofu Student Exchange in 1996 which led her to serve on the Sister Cities International Board of Directors as both a youth (‘02-’03) and young professional representative (‘05-’06). This also led her to an internship with the Sister City Association of Kansas City.
One consistent organization in her life has always been the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. The “Y” values run deep in Jones from her first days at summer camp, to the old Riverfront pool, to the welcome center at the Grubb. Jones’ belief in the “Y” and what it does to create change agents in our community is strong.
At William Jewell College Jones was an active member of Unity Association which existed to discuss diversity, inclusion, systemic oppression, Black history, and to bring people on campus together.
While Jones’ work path has never been linear, it has taken her to places that she never quite envisioned. She has jumped industries and locations, but each opportunity always put her in a position to meet and learn from many different people. Jones assisted a Korean company in starting their US branch in Kansas City, MO, helped video store owners nationwide bring in films that enhanced their stores, and spent four years in Tokyo, Japan doing various types of work.
Jones returned to the United States in 2015 with one goal: working to eradicate systemic oppression. She spent most of 2016 assisting Betty Andrews where she worked with the NAACP on state and local levels, planned the Iowa Summit on Justice and Disparities, and the 19th Annual I’ll Make Me A World In Iowa.
Jones was the general manager for the start-up DSM Brew Coffee Co. in Des Moines through its first year until being asked to be the Deputy Campaign Manager for Deidre DeJear’s historic run for Iowa Secretary of State in February 2018.
Starting in 2019 Jones will be the new Executive Director for Iowa Sister States, while continuing her community work as an Executive Committee Board Member for Urban Dreams, as the Political Action Chair for the Des Moines Branch of the NAACP, as well as an advisory member for the Board of Languages at Grand View University.
Jones loves being able to blend all the experiences she has had to make the greater Des Moines community and the state of Iowa the best it can be.
Chair Political Action