Shrewdness Guides, But Kindness Always Wins
This is my second candidacy for federal public office. I have successfully interacted with all levels of the federal government while working in industry and in both national and local non-profit organizations. I can honestly say that it is the many middle and high school students whom I have taught through the years who have seasoned me best to help transform Congress into what it should be in the 2020s. To kids, basic common sense, a deep appreciation of fairness, and a "just show me progress" attitude rules the day when it comes to figuring out how to get meaningful things done for people. I have found that it works for me too and that's what I plan to bring to Washington, D.C.
I currently work as an Educational Advocate serving youth's experiencing Foster Care in Central Washington as an employee of the Washington state non profit, Treehouse (treehouseforkids.org). Before that, I worked in Richland as an Enterprise Learning Consultant & Workplace Training Designer (learn-thrive.com). Things slowed down for me considerably business-wise during the Covid crisis, but I am still plugged away like many of you without whining or blaming! Thankfully, during the crisis (and for many years now) I held down a second job on nights and weekends as a part-time hourly crew member for airlines at local airports near where I’ve lived. You may have seen me working a shift at a local airport with my orange vest loading bags or servicing the aircraft.
Before going out on my own in business in 2014, I was an educator. I taught Civics and American Government in middle and high school classrooms and also served as a school Dean of Students and School Headmaster (Principal) during 15 years in education. In 2010 and 2011 I was Head of School at New York Military Academy, one of America's premier military boarding schools near West Point. Earlier in life, I had the opportunity to work in industry as an issues management executive (mainly in the Paper & Forest Products sector) and also to serve several years as Director of Communications and National Spokesperson for the Keep America Beautiful non-profit organization (kab.org).
I grew up in public schools until 10th grade when I enrolled at New York Military Academy to complete high school. I was first in my class at NYMA and achieved the rank of Company Commander (shown here with LTC Robert Harter, USMC who was my mentor at the school).
I received my BA from Kenyon College (Ohio) in Sociology while also participating in Varsity Football and Baseball. I also did graduate study at the London School of Economics (Policy & Planning). I completed JROTC training in high school and completed the U.S. Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Class (PLC) and Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Virginia during peacetime in 1980.
Service has long been a guiding principle in my life. Most recently I have helped to develop a non-profit locally, Tri-Cities Beautiful (tricitiesbeautiful.org) which will become a service organization focused on volunteer-driven community improvement projects, neighborhood beautification efforts, and citizen-learning programs on litter-prevention, recycling and cost-effective community waste management. We've already led several great community cleanup events since 2020. We had hoped to fully launch TCB on Earth Day in April of this year, but the pandemic was still nipping at our heels in Central Washington so we will try again to fully launch in Spring 2023.
For years I have also worked in communities as a volunteer Red Cross Lifeguarding and CPR/First Aid Instructor and worked near home with various youth-focused non-profits such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, foster parenting programs, and in boys and girls summer camps.
"I have learned more about making good things happen with teamwork and simple common sense while working as a middle school classroom teacher and as a part-time airline ground operations worker than in all of my other professional work combined. Just stay positive, always keep things moving forward...be ever steady and decisive... and always take care to look after the people around you. When you do that every day, good things happen!"
Ev Jones (shown here marshaling in a flight at the airport)