Matielyn Jones

Georgia State Senate, District 45

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I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana where I developed an early appreciation for diversity, creative arts, and civic engagement. Our family moved to Norcross, Georgia during my freshman year of high school, and I am a proud graduate of Gwinnett County Public Schools. I earned a Master’s degree in Social Foundations of Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Georgia State University. After college, I returned to GCPS to teach Social Studies and to serve as a Faculty Advisor to several student groups. My commitment to people-centered, mission-driven work has presented me with an array of professional opportunities over the past decade.

As a former staffer for President Obama’s 2008 Campaign in North Carolina, I worked tirelessly to educate, organize, and empower voters to maximize their political efficacy–delivering a victory for Democrats for the first time in 30 years. As a freelance consultant in Virginia, I developed an adult learning curriculum for a county-wide training program designed to help low-income women begin administrative careers. As an administrator for a charter school in Ohio, I developed relationships with community organizations to form a recruitment pipeline for parents seeking school choice options. I currently work as a Research Director building Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism training for global clients seeking positive impact in their workplaces, industries, and communities. I am a woman of faith inspired to lead with integrity, courage, and compassion. I live in Sugar Hill, Georgia with my husband of 16 years and our two handsome sons.

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