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Alumna Named to 2019 Women in Government Leadership Class

July 2018

Spelman Alumna Arienne JonesArienne Jones, C’2012, is one of 25 women selected for the 2019 Women in Government Leadership Class. The Governing Institute made the announcement June 19.

Jones, a judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama, has been selected as the class’ rising star — a young woman not yet holding office, but with political aspirations. 

The program invites elected women leaders from across the nation to be featured in Governing magazine, attend leadership programs to learn job critical skills and pay it forward by mentoring the next generation of women leaders.

Upon graduation from the leadership program, Jones will join the program's 100 alumnae, many of whom are actively recruiting women candidates to run for office and creating initiatives to empower potential officeholders and women already serving in government.

Jones' interests are varied, and include ensuring access to justice for marginalized populations, policy advocacy, and increasing awareness of international opportunities for diverse populations.

She is an alumna of the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, having served as an English Teaching Assistant at a bilingual institution in Madrid, Spain. As a current ambassador for the Fulbright Student Program, she exposes diverse populations to the opportunities available through Fulbright by participating in webinars, holding presentations at colleges and universities, and presenting at conferences.

Jones holds a J.D. from Tulane University Law School and a B.A. in history with a Spanish minor from Spelman College (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She is licensed to practice law in Alabama.