Executive Director of the Michigan Venture Capital Association in Ann Arbor. Jones works with the more than 115 member organizations on educational, networking, and advocacy activities. She has been especially focused on marketing Michigan's growing role as a center of innovation and entrepreneurship. The association recently reported that $120 million in venture capital was invested in 40 companies in Michigan last year, the most deals since the association began tracking the data. In addition, the state had 103 venture–backed firms in 2014, up 66 percent in the past five years. The Michigan Venture Capital Association (MVCA) recently received nearly $1 million in grant funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for its Venture Upstart programs to support talent attraction efforts at venture capital firms and their portfolio companies. Jones came to the MVCA from the Michigan Film Office where she successfully administered Michigan's new film and digital media incentive and spearheaded an initiative connecting the state's film industry with the popular Pure Michigan campaign. Prior to that, she spent 11 years working for statewide elected officials, including Gov. Jennifer Granholm and U.S. Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. She has been recognized by DBusiness
among its 30 in their 30s and as one of the Techweek 100. Jones received her bachelor's degree in sociology from Furman University.