Brenda Jones’ public service career began in 2005, when she was first elected to the Detroit City Council (Council). She has been re-elected, to the Council, by the people of Detroit three additional times, always as an at-large member. Jones was elected president of the body by her peers in 2014, and again, in January 2018.
Working to make Detroit a more prosperous city for everyone has always been Brenda Jones focus – She will be a transoformer in Washington D.C. for Metro Detroit.
Detroit City Council President
President Jones serves as Council’s liaison to the Police and Fire Pension Board and was appointed in 2014, to the Detroit Financial Review Commission, where she also serves as ex-officio member of the Detroit Public Schools Community District Financial Review Commission. She is also the chair of two City of Detroit task force initiatives, Skilled Trades and Military Veterans. Currently, Jones is leading an effort to form the Detroit Commission on Human Trafficking to align all branches of government, law enforcement, non-profit, faith-based and corporate entities together, bringing awareness to and leading the fight against this criminal epidemic.
Fighting for a strong Metro Detroit and Michigan
Jones also sits on the executive board of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Detroit Transportation Commission. She is a trustee of the Michigan Municipal League and Vice Chair of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). She has also completed the Detroit Police Department’s Citizen’s Police Academy. Jones is an active member of many charitable organizations and her home church is Wyoming Church of Christ, where she has been a member, since 1967.
Proud Union President and Small Business Owner
Prior to her election to the Detroit City Council, Jones had a career with Michigan Bell/SBC, has owned her own small business and, at the time of her election, was the President of the Communication Workers of America Local 4004. She is a proud graduate of Cass Technical High School and Wayne State University, and completed Wayne State University’s Labor School. She is 1st Vice President of the Metro Detroit A. Philip Randolph Institute, and an active member of CLUW, CBTU and the TULC.
Jones is the recipient of several awards and acknowledgments for her service, including the John Conyers, Jr. Public Service Award at the Congressional Black Caucus, the Sojourner Truth Award from the National Organization of Women, Michigan Chronicle Women of Excellence, the S’Hero and Tip of the Spear Award from the University of Michigan Labor Studies, the Olga M. Mader Award from the Metro Detroit Coalition of Labor Union Women, and the 2017 Michigan AFL-CIO Legislator of the Year Award.
Brenda Jones looks forward to bringing her over 12 years of experience with her to Washington D.C. so she can fight for Wayne County residents.