Trailblazer, Organizer, Advocate, and Justice Fighter are words frequently used to describe, Lesley Jones, who has spent her life working to improve the quality of living for all people. She is running for City Council to put “PEOPLE FIRST” by bringing a collaborative form of servant leadership to City Hall. She will work to increase citizen engagement, fight for racial and economic justice and address gun violence and drug use to make our neighborhoods safer.
Her career and community service are both broad and diverse. She has worked as the Outreach/Admissions Counselor at Cincinnati Job Corps, the Executive Director for Cincinnati Human Relations Commission and Equality Cincinnati, Program Director at Melrose YMCA. She lead the Greater City Study Circles to Improve Community-Police Relations; served as the Faith Organizer for the Fairness Campaign to Repeal-Article 12, Cincinnati’s anti-gay law; and was the local leader of the Victory through Voting Voter Education and Registration Initiative registering more than 1,500 new voters. And serves on several non-profit boards and committees.
Born in New Bern, North Carolina to teenage parents, she spent her early years being raised by her grandparents. She was educated in Jones County Schools in North Carolina until she moved to Middletown, Ohio with her mother, a retired roll-grinder at AK Steel and step-father, a retired Army veteran and retired IRS employee. Lesley attended public and Catholic schools and graduated from Middletown High School. Her academic career continued at Kentucky State University and she is a graduate of Miami University holding a B.S. in Social Science Education. She also holds certificates in Ministry, Pastoral Counseling and Organizational Leadership. She is completing her seminary education at Lexington Theological Seminary.
Lesley is a licensed United Church of Christ minister and serves as Sr. Pastor of Truth & Destiny Covenant Ministries which she founded 14 years ago. She lives in Mt. Airy with her spouse, enjoys family-time, traveling especially outdoor adventures, reading, and meeting people. Lesley will bring inclusion, integrity and innovation to City Hall.