[States: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT - Program Portfolio: Diversity]
Kimberly Jones moved to the DC area from Texas to work with PFLAG National. She earned her Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Master’s of Public Service and Administration from Texas A&M University, with an emphasis in nonprofit management. As a social worker, she worked with a variety of clientele in Texas including refugees starting a new life in the United States, families living in homeless shelters or low-income residences, survivors of violent crimes, and youth with emotional and/or behavioral difficulties. She successfully coordinated coalitions to address issues surrounding immigrant/refugee rights and homelessness, and she served on several diversity committees throughout her career. She also authored a thesis examining cultural sensitivity in higher education and continues to love to expand her multicultural understanding through travel. Her prior work in gay rights advocacy includes working against a marriage ban in Texas, striving to include the GLBTQ community as a representation of diversity in workplaces and schools, and promoting collaboration between the faith community and the GLBTQ community.