Loree D. Jones

headshot of Loree D. Jones, board member at The Hope Center

As Chief Executive Officer, Loree leads Philabundance in setting priorities and determining our vision. Before joining Philabundance in June of 2020, Loree was chief of staff at Rutgers University-Camden and has served in leadership positions in nonprofit organizations, education and city government throughout her career, including roles with the School District of Philadelphia and as the managing director for the City of Philadelphia.

Loree’s extensive nonprofit experience includes serving as co-executive director of City Year Greater Philadelphia, an educational nonprofit that deploys young leaders for a year of service as tutors and mentors to public school students, and as executive director of the African Studies Association, the largest scholarly association for the study of Africa in the world. She currently serves on multiple boards of directors, including Health Partners Plans, the Philadelphia Health Partnership, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Independence Foundation. She is a member of the UNCF Philadelphia Leadership Council and the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice advisory board. She is also a member of the Forum of Executive Women and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

As an Eisenhower Fellow, Loree studied how South African municipalities provide social services. She is an alumna of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship for leaders from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds and political views. She was the first recipient of the Urban League of Philadelphia’s Whitney M. Young Jr. Young Leader Award, was listed as one of the “10 People Under 40 to Watch” by the Philadelphia Tribune Magazine and was twice recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as a “Connector” – one who connects for the common good. Loree holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Spelman College, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Arts degree in History from Princeton University. She studied in Dakar, Senegal while in college and later conducted graduate research in Senegal at Cheikh Anta Diop Université in Dakar, where she studied in French and Wolof.