Georgia-raised and Chicago-born, LaToia A. Jones is a Democrat, organizer, community leader, activist & strategist. Her purpose and drive have always been to be the most effective public servant possible. In most cases, this meant behind-the-scenes roles and learning from impactful servant leaders.
14 years later, it is clear, more than ever, that the best application of her lessons and skills call her to step into a more prominent role.
LaToia started out as a non-traditional student leader, with a full-time job, serving with the College Democrats of Georgia. She was later elected vice-president of College Democrats of America (CDA) and went on to become a trailblazer, in her position at the Democratic National Committee, serving as the first African-American female executive director to CDA.
From the start, she believed politics to be a platform to provide a voice to the voiceless and light to issues overlooked. Today, she holds a sincere appreciation for what the Party has done for her and still believes in what the Party can do for the Country.
LaToia has worked both inside and outside of the Party, in multiple capacities. As a former DNC member and staffer, she earned the institutional knowledge and understanding of the inner workings of the Party and the important (and often underutilized) role that DNC members and State Parties play.
She not only has a vetted foundation and skillset regarding DNC operations, but also the outside experience to add clarity to different (and sometimes conflicting) perspectives. She has served, on the ground, in distressed working-class communities like Ferguson and Detroit, as well as more affluent communities.
LaToia has managed and trained people to run and volunteer on campaigns. She has worked and won in the South and in the Mid-West. LaToia knows what it takes to build programs and issue coalitions that win. But, she also knows how adapt to and overcome a loss, by bringing new voices to the table.
LaToia is currently the Assistant Director for the Human Rights and Community Relations Department at the American Federation of Teachers where she coordinates, trains and connects members on community, political, and civic engagement. She recently held previous roles directing special projects for both the CEO of the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA and for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Working in different regions in the country has also allowed her to build solidly diverse and inter-generational relationships with millennial activists, DNC leaders and members, LGBTQIA, Labor leaders and members, the AAPI, Latino and Tribal communities.
In 2012, LaToia was named one of Top 40 under 40 in the Loop 21, Capitol Hill Edition. She is a Truman National Security Partner and currently serves on the boards of the National Labor Roundtable, Higher Heights for America and Generator Development Group. LaToia is also co-founder of BE: 2016, a multi-city civic engagement training series, for millennial grassroots activists.