About Roderick Jones
Roderick Jones is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Grace Hill Settlement House. Jones came to Grace Hill in July, 2008. Since then, he has worked to foster economic and social growth in St. Louis neighborhoods by engaging neighbors and stakeholders in the provision of comprehensive, coordinated services. Before coming to St. Louis, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Community Place of Greater Rochester, Inc. (CPGR), one of the premier nonprofit providers of neighborhood-based human services in Rochester, New York. The Community Place serves approximately 10,000 individuals and families throughout the greater Rochester area each year. In 2007, the Community Place received the United Neighborhood Centers of America/Annie E. Casey Foundation Family Strengthening Award for its Housing Opportunities for Sustainability and Transition (HOST) Program.
Jones has also served in a wide variety of positions at various health and human service agencies, including the Perinatal Network of Monroe County, Genesee Settlement House, Baden Street Settlement House, and Action for a Better Community. He holds a Doctorate in Education – Executive Leadership from St. John Fisher College, an M.S. in Public Administration from Brockport College, and a B.S. in Economic Crime Investigations from Syracuse University. He is a member of the fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha.
Jones currently serves on the Board of the United Neighborhood Centers of America, an association of settlement houses and neighborhood centers throughout the United States. He also served on the boards of the National Healthy Start Association, the YMCA, and National Alumni Councils. He is a co-founder of the Rochester Step-Off Educational Foundation, Inc.
Among Jones’ awards and acknowledgements are the 2006 National League of Negro and Professional Women’s (Rochester Chapter) Man of the Year Award, Rochester Business Journal’s 2002 Forty Under 40, one of the Democrat & Chronicle’s 2006 and 2007 “Rochester’s Emerging African-American Leaders”, and the Sigma Pi Phi Outstanding Civic Services award. Most recently, Jones has received the 2010 Non-profit Executive of the Year by the St. Louis American Foundation, St. Louis RCGA, and the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
Jones has become an important advocate for those that are poor, marginalized, and under-represented. He brings his leadership abilities and fresh outlook to the work of the nonprofit sector in St. Louis. He has earned a reputation for his ability to forge unique partnerships in the community, with funding partners, local universities, and other human service agencies on both a local and national level. Jones has also been creative in diversifying and securing funds when they have diminished or changed so that they may continue to serve the community and their mission. A proven leader, Jones has a vision for the future that cannot be diminished by day to day challenges-a belief that when community members work together much can be accomplished.
LISTEN: Roderick Jones joins KMOX’s Debbie Monterrey and PNC Bank Regional President Rick Sems to chat about his achievements.
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