Jeffrey M. Jones
Jeffrey M. Jones is an assistant director and a research fellow. His responsibilities stretch over a range of activities within the Hoover Institution—including capital projects, facilities and operations, book production/distribution, facilitation of leadership events and research on issues of poverty and welfare.
Administratively, Jones led the planning and building of the institution’s new Washington, DC, office. In addition, he is the internal project manager for Hoover’s fourth building on the Stanford campus, a 55,000-square-foot conference center and office building, scheduled to break ground in 2015. He is responsible for development and oversight of the Hoover Institution Press, which publishes twelve to fifteen books a year. Jones also facilitates the Leadership Forum program, which sponsors roundtables and conferences that engage political leaders at the local, state, national, and international levels.
In his research capacity, Jones is interested in redesigning federal and state welfare measures to encourage meaningful work and individual responsibility. His writing also explores the root causes of and solutions to the problem of homelessness. Jones’s career began in the field of social service as an AmeriCorps VISTA member working with the homeless in Rockford, Illinois. He then became the director of a nonprofit jobs agency serving disadvantaged populations, implementing various welfare-to-work programs.
Jones graduated from Wheaton College, Illinois, with a BA in political science. He received his master’s degree in public policy with honors from Pepperdine University, specializing in American politics and economics. He is the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Public Policy, where he also serves on the Board of Visitors.
He resides with his wife, Lori, and their four children in Menlo Park, California.