Tishaura O. Jones
We are excited to announce that 20/20 Leader and St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura O. Jones will be our new Democratic Co-Chair!
Building on a background as a public servant, financial services professional, and educator, Treasurer Jones was sworn in as Treasurer of the City of St. Louis, Missouri on January 1, 2013, and was reelected to a second term. She is the first woman to hold the office in the history of St. Louis. After the death of Michael Brown, Jr. on Aug. 9, 2014, in Ferguson, a small town outside of St. Louis that came to symbolize racial strife and inequality in the United States, the Governor asked a group of regional leaders — The Ferguson Commission — to study the situation and prove a path toward change. As Treasurer, Tishaura worked toward implementing three of the “Forward through Ferguson” calls to action – that resulted from the Commission’s report, and made criminal justice reform, racial equity, and education her top three priorities during her run for Mayor in 2017.
Prior to becoming Treasurer, she established a track record of leadership in the Missouri House of Representatives. She was a Missouri State Representative from 2008-2012 and was the first African American and First Female Assistant Minority Floor Leader. As a member of the leadership team, she was the second in command of the Democratic members of the Missouri House of Representatives. During her tenure, she was a strong advocate for education, women’s reproductive rights, healthcare, and economic development.
Treasurer Jones has a Master’s degree in Health Administration from the Saint Louis University School of Public Health, a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Hampton University, and is a graduate of the Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
As our Democratic Co-Chair, Treasurer Jones will lead and oversee 20/20’s criminal justice reform programming, outreach, and policy from the Democratic side. She will also continue her work as an advocate for women of color seeking to run for political office and to serve as public servants. Treasurer Jones was recently awarded with 20/20’s Bipartisan Justice Award for her commitment to criminal justice reform.
Check out Treasurer Jones’ recent interview with Higher Heights about her career in public service and what advice she can offer to Black women across the country that also want to engage, advocate and lead here.