Jolanda Jones was elected to the Board of Education in November 2015 after serving as a Houston City Council member for four years. She is a firm believer in public education and is committed to strengthening the district’s collaboration with the community to improve schools across the district.
Jones is a native Houstonian from Houston’s Third Ward and a product of HISD. She attended Lockhart and Foerster elementary schools and Lanier Middle School. Jones later moved and graduated from Alief ISD’s Elsik High School, where she finished magna cum laude and was an All-American athlete in track and field and basketball. She went on to attend the University of Houston (UH), where she was voted “The Most Outstanding Senior” and was nominated for the Rhodes Scholarship. Jones also earned three NCAA heptathlon championships.
Jones graduated from UH magna cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She later earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She owns a law practice, the Law Office of Jolanda Jones, which focuses heavily on criminal justice reform.
Jones has served as a volunteer in several HISD schools. She also has volunteered with the SHAPE Community Center Legal Clinic and NAACP Houston, providing free legal representation to members of underserved communities. She organizes charity events to bring awareness to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in honor of her niece, who died from the condition.
Jones is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Through her sorority’s Emerging Leaders program for students, she has awarded several Attucks Middle School students with scholarships for academic achievement.
Jones was a member of the United States Track & Field Team and a national champion. She was also inducted into numerous halls of fame for athletics and academics. Jolanda has earned three “Jolanda Jones Days”: two from the City of Houston and one from the City of Galveston. Jones’ absolute proudest accomplishment is her son, Jiovanni.