Jeffrey M. Jones

Assistant Director — Operations / Research Fellow

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, 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. 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.

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Emergency Unemployment Benefits: Too Much of a Good Thing?

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The U.S. Senate spent the better part of its summer fighting a protracted battle over extending a program that provides up to 99 weeks of unemployment insurance benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans.

Poverty in the US

A Matter of Political Will

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, September 17, 2010

There is little doubt that our nation’s social safety net is straining under the weight of long-term unemployment and rising poverty. But this tenuous condition cannot be blamed on the Great Recession.

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Analysis and Commentary

Rising Poverty and the Social Safety Net: A Matter of Political Will

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Room for Debate (New York Times)
Friday, September 17, 2010

What can government do to help the growing number of poor people in the United States...?

Start-Ups to the Rescue

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Thursday, January 14, 2010

No matter how dangerous the waters, entrepreneurs plunge in. How government can stay out of their way. By Jeffrey M. Jones.

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Analysis and Commentary

SOLUTIONS: Revitalizing American entrepreneurship

by Jeffrey M. Jones with Hoover Institutionvia Washington Times
Sunday, August 9, 2009

Every day we're reminded of just how bad this recession is...

The Politics of Envy

by Jeffrey M. Jones, Daniel Heilvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 13, 2009

Redistribution schemes can’t reduce income inequality. What can? Education, stable families, and work. By Jeffrey M. Jones and Daniel Heil.

In the News

Standing Up for Charity

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Pepperdine Policy Review (School of Public Policy)
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

When Who Really Cares was first released in late 2006 the political right greeted it as a bombshell exposing the widely-held, yet fraudulent, belief that liberals are more compassionate than conservatives...

Beyond Closed Borders

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Friday, October 19, 2007

Look at the biggest antipoverty success story of recent years—welfare reform—and you might see the makings of a solution to illegal immigration. By Jeffery M. Jones.

Analysis and Commentary

Plight of the poor emerges as an issue

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, July 22, 2007

John Edwards' upcoming "Road to One America" tour, billed as a break from campaigning, is the former senator's most recent attempt to draw attention to the issue of poverty...

Poverty Row

by Jeffrey M. Jonesvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Every candidate has a plan to help the poor. What would all these ideas really accomplish? By Jeffrey M. Jones.