Former President & CEO (Retired)
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Mr. Jones was the President & CEO of Maryland Nonprofits from 2008 until 2011, when he had to retire due to an injury. During his tenure, Mr. Jones increased membership by more than 20%, expanded member programs and services, increased leadership development programs, and transformed how the association delivered information and educational offerings. He partnered with the Schaefer Center to create statewide leadership certificate programs and he collaborated with nonprofit leaders throughout the state to craft an ambitious yet practical and achievable strategic plan for the future. Prior to coming to Maryland Nonprofits, Mr. Jones served as Executive Director of Communities In Schools of the Nation’s Capital. Within two years, he expanded the program from two schools to twelve, quadrupled the budget, expanded the Board and created a new website. As a result of these and other significant accomplishments, his organization was selected by the 2008 Catalogue for Philanthropy as “One of the best small charities in the greater Washington region.”
During his tenure as Vice President of the National Crime Prevention Council, Mr. Jones trained senior level executives in leadership and coalition building, and was a keynote speaker, lead facilitator and curriculum writer for the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration, as well as other national, state and local organizations. He is a certified executive coach, and works one-on-one with leaders in the for-profit, and not-for-profit sectors. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, in Newsweek, and has conducted innumerable radio and television interviews. In recognition of his programmatic initiatives on behalf of vulnerable children, he was invited to ring the closing bell for NASDAQ on September 26, 2005. Mr. Jones has trained thousands on issues including public safety, leadership, ethics and integrity, cultural diversity and organizational excellence.
Mr. Jones is a retired police officer from Prince George’s County, MD. While on the department he worked in patrol, was an academy instructor, a member of the elite Emergency Services Team, and served three terms (six years) as President of the police union. His volunteerism and community service led to him being recognized as Prince Georgian of the Year. Since leaving law enforcement, Mr. Jones has held senior level positions in nonprofit organizations. His leadership experience ranges from start-ups to national nonprofits, with annual budgets ranging from $200k to $40 million.
Mr. Jones is a Kellogg Fellow, and the first police officer ever selected to participate in the prestigious, three year, national leadership development program. He is also a Weinberg Fellow, a graduate of Leadership Maryland, and a graduate and former Board member of Leadership Greater Washington. A longtime activist for the rights of all people, Mr. Jones has received dozens of awards and honors for leadership and volunteerism. After his retirement from the police department, Mr. Jones founded the National Law Enforcement Integrity Institute, a nonprofit organization with the mission of “Helping prepare today’s law enforcement for tomorrow’s world.” A partial list of clients include the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; Baltimore City Police Department; Maryland Police Corp-UMBC; MD Transportation Authority Police; International Association of Chiefs of Police; Science Applications International Association (SAIC); Police Labor Institute; and the Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Mr. Jones was a presidential appointee, and was chosen by a former Governor to chair two statewide Commissions. Mr. Jones studied political science and labor economics at Howard University, and management and leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He currently serves on several nonprofit Boards, and resides in Annapolis, MD with his wife, Antoinette. They have three adult children: Lauren, Mark, and Darryl Jr.