Mandela Jones is the Chief Communications Officer for Alliance for Safety and Justice and Californians for Safety and Justice. He is an astute political strategist and communications professional with extensive experience in the legislative branch of government, electoral and public policy issue advocacy campaigns. Prior to joining the Alliance for Safety and Justice, he worked for New York City-based police accountability campaign, Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), as its Director of Communications & Public Affairs. While there, he helped develop and lead coordinated communications efforts to elevate the voices of families impacted by police violence that led to the authorization of New York State’s first-ever special prosecutor for police killings of civilians. He also steered a multi-year communications plan that maintained the visibility of the Right to Know Act police accountability legislation to passage and enactment in New York City.
Mandela also previously worked in the New York Public Affairs practice of public relations and political consulting firm, BerlinRosen. His work there focused on helping issue advocacy clients dedicated to criminal justice and police reform, economic justice, and protecting the environment advance high-impact campaigns. He helped CPR shift public opinion in support of reforming the NYPD practice of stop-and-frisk and pass the Community Safety Act in New York City. Mandela also helped advance campaigns to raise the age of criminal responsibility and ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State.
Mandela previously served as the Budget & Communications Director for New York City Council Member Al Vann, who represented the neighborhoods of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights in Brooklyn. He holds an M.P.A. from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a B.A. from Colorado College, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.