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John Jones III

community + political engagement director

John Jones III is currently on staff for Just Cities as the Director of Community and Political Engagement. As a father of three and born and raised in East Oakland, John is also formerly incarcerated, and after paroling was unemployed and homeless for eighteen months. John became involved in community organizing and advocacy to empower himself and others.

John uses his personal story of pain, trauma, faith and transformation to inspire young people as well as fight for policy change. John has worked on several local and state campaigns and ballot measure and is a passionate and vocal advocate for affordable housing, employment, violence reduction, ending mass incarceration and racial equity. John has received a number of awards and accolades as a result of his labor.