Henry Jones was born and raised in the MIGHTY Mississippi Delta (Clarksdale). He has always had a passion for social justice; however, while attending Tennessee State University, he changed his outlook on life. Ten days after graduating college, Henry began union organizing at Service Employees International Union (SEIU), empowering workers around the country to unite in the workplace.
Since that time, he has worked tirelessly organizing around issues such as environmental justice, poverty, education, and immigration reform. While serving as Organizing Director at Stand for Children Tennessee and training organizers around the country, he led a team of organizers to push the Shelby County Commissioner to preserve funding for 42 Pre-k classrooms benefiting 840 classrooms. During his time as Campaign Manager, he was successful in getting 4 of 5 school board candidates elected in 2011. To date Henry has organized one of Jackson, TN biggest community events, Save Our Community Day; receiving a proclamation from the Mayor for implementing this day.
Henry has dedicated his career to movement building; currently serving as the Co-Founder/Chief Engagement Officer with Our Voice Nuestra Voz. Throughout his career, Henry has completed highly selective, advanced campaign management and training programs through AFL-CIO, SEIU, Midwest Academy, Wellstone Action, NGP VAN, Faith in Action (formerly PICO Action Fund) and Color of Change.
He was honored by Stand for Children (Change We Seek award, 2011) for his leadership, strategy, and leading campaigns. He has been recognized by the Highlander Center as a Greensboro Justice fellow established to honor and carry on the work of César Cauce, Mike Nathan, Bill Sampson, Sandy Smith and Jim Waller, five community organizers who were murdered in Greensboro, NC on November 3, 1979 by the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis.
For a young man, he is an OG, dedicating over 15 years of his life to empowering communities with no signs of slowing down. Henry is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Central Arkansas with his dissertation focusing on building strategies for effective parental engagement.