About Carolyn Jones
Born and raised in Cincinnati, Carolyn Jones currently calls the College Hill neighborhood home. The daughter of working-class parents who did not graduate high school, Jones and her brother learned the value of a good education and the benefit of a strong work ethic. A proud product of Cincinnati Public Schools' Hughes High School, Jones went on to receive her undergraduate degree in social work in 1975 and her graduate degree in Rehabilitation Counseling in 1990 — both from the University of Cincinnati.
First elected in 2015, Jones currently serves as the president of the Cincinnati Public Schools Board. Earlier this year, she was appointed by her Board colleagues to represent Cincinnati Public Schools on the Ohio School Board Association Board of Trustees, where she is entrusted to lend guidance and make decisions that impact students across the state of Ohio. Before that, Jones had the pleasure of serving on the North College Hill City School District Board from 2006 to 2014.
Jones' professional career spans over 40 years of service in both the private and public sector of mental health services delivery. In January of last year, she retired from the Hamilton County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. Focused on improving the quality of life for adults and children with persistent mental illness, Jones’ experience has encompassed provision of direct services, program management, system planning and coordination. Over her 28-year tenure, her greatest achievement as a mental health professional occurred as the project director for a $9 million federally funded grant to transform system of care for transition-age youth and young adults with serious emotional disturbance and multi-system needs. This program was implemented successfully and continues to be fully sustained as a valued component of the public mental health system.
On a more personal note Jones is an avid fan of the sport of fast-pitch softball, having played competitive softball for 25 years and has spent more than 10 years coaching and instructing girls at beginner levels through high school. Believing that "it takes a village to raise a child," it is through involvement with this sport that she was able to help these young ladies learn life skills, strength of purpose, patience, and persistence. Jones is dedicated to ensuring that every child has equitable opportunity to achieve success in education as they move beyond their high school years. She is very proud of the collective efforts of the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education to achieve excellence.
Years of Service
President: 2018, 2020