Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones has been a teacher, researcher, and policymaker. Currently, she is the President and CEO of the Foundation for Child Development. During the first term of the Obama administration, Dr. Jones served as Senior Advisor on Early Learning to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and as the country’s first Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning in the US Department of Education. Prior to federal service she was the Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Early Childhood Education in the New Jersey State Department of Education, with responsibility for New Jersey’s Abbott Preschool Program. For over 15 years Dr. Jones served as a Senior Research Scientist at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton where she and her colleagues explored appropriate assessment of young children’s science and literacy development. Dr. Jones has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and early in her career was a faculty member at Lehman College.

She is a member of the Advisory Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education (DBASSE) and served as a member of the National Academy of Science’s consensus committees that produced Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What and How and Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation. Dr. Jones attended Hunter College and earned both a masters and PhD from Northwestern University.