Director, Washington State Initiative
Angela Jones leads the foundation’s efforts to create sustainable and positive impact for students, families, and communities in Washington State. With more than 25 years of passionate engagement, service, and leadership in Washington’s public education systems, she applies her experience in leading systemic change and a strong belief in community sustainability and generational growth through access to education. Before joining the foundation in 2021, Angela served as the CEO of Washington STEM and previously held roles at Washington State University, Eastern Washington University, Spokane Public Schools, and the Wapato School District that included vice president of student affairs, vice president of university advancement, chief of staff, and director of employment and conciliation services. Angela received her J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law. She also holds a master’s degree in communications from Eastern Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in English / language arts with an initial teaching certificate from Washington State University. Angela serves on the boards of the Teachers of Color Foundation and Washington MESA, is a member of the Washington State University Student Affairs Advisory Committee, and is a co-founder and managing partner of the Black Future Co-op Fund.
Systems change is an aspirational goal - but how can we achieve it? In this powerful dialogue with systems leader, we'll learn about the complexities and challenges those in positions of power face on the road to catalyzing change.