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Loree D. Jones Named CEO of Philadelphia-Based Hunger Organization

August 2020

Spelman Alumna Loree D. Johns

Loree D. Jones, C'91, was recently named the new chief executive officer of Philabundance, a 35-year-old nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger in Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania.

Jones, who holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from Spelman where she graduated magna cum laude, and a master of arts degree in history from Princeton University, served in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, education and city government throughout her career. Most recently, she served as chief of staff to the chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden.

Prior to her service at Rutgers, Jones was chief of external affairs for the School District of Philadelphia, coordinating strategic communications and governmental affairs for the nation’s eighth largest school district and managing advocacy efforts with external partners.

Jones also served as managing director for the City of Philadelphia in the John Street administration, overseeing 16 operating departments and offices with close to 20,000 employees and a $3.2 billion operating budget.

She serves on the boards of Health Partners Plans, the Philadelphia Health Partnership, the Independence Foundation, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the World Affairs Council. Jones is a former board member of a wide range of civic organizations, including the Project HOME, Committee of Seventy, the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, the Philadelphia Planning Commission, and the African American Museum of Philadelphia.

Jones is an alumna – and serving for the second time as co-president – of Operation Understanding, a cross-cultural program founded in Philadelphia more than 30 years ago to build bridges of understanding between the African American and Jewish communities.