The Black Benefactors Executive Committee is responsible for the overall activities of our giving circle to ensure that the mission and goals are being fulfilled.
Edward M. Jones is Director of Programs at ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives). Prior to joining ABFE, he was Director of Conference Programming at the Council on Foundations located in Arlington, Virginia and had been with the Council since 2001. Prior to the Council, Edward worked for Micros Systems as an operations manager, and at Amtrak, as manager, manpower utilization. Edward volunteers and supports several organizations through time, talent and treasure. He was included in the 2013 Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC 3rd edition. Edward is a founding member of Black Benefactors. He also serves on the board of Black Philanthropic Alliance and the HIV/AIDS organization, Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc. Additionally, he is on the editorial board for Community Health Links (Medstar), and is an active member/volunteer of Zion Church in Landover, Maryland. Edward was appointed to former Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s Serve DC commission. Born in Los Angeles, Edward is a graduate of the University of Akron (OH). He especially enjoys connecting people.
Thelma D. Jones embodies the spirit of giving back which she learned from childhood. With over 35 years of international development experience, more than eight years as a cancer advocate and more than 33 years as a community and youth activist, her professional and personal life have been inextricably intertwined with the spirit of volunteerism. Retired from the World Bank Group in 2005 as a community outreach coordinator where she was one of the principal founders of the Bank’s Community Outreach Program, Jones was the face of the World Bank in the local community where she carried out the Bank’s poverty reduction mission. As a breast cancer survivor, Jones turned her challenge into an opportunity and has held leadership positions in the fight against cancer with, but not limited to, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, American Cancer Society (ACS), ACS Cancer Action Network, GW Cancer Institute Citywide Patient Navigation Network, Susan G. Komen, DC Pink Divas, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and The Thelma D. Jones Breast Cancer Fund, which she established on the occasion of her 60th Birthday in 2012. Jones also established the ACS Breast Cancer Support Group in SW DC in April 2010, which has served the support needs of over 300 women and men. Her involvement in these organizations helps to convey the message that outreach, education, prevention and, more importantly, early detection save lives and works with hundreds of cancer survivors and caretakers from diagnosis, treatment to survivorship.
Jones holds certifications in various areas, including youth development, and is a graduate of Durham College, Durham, NC and holds a Certificate in Executive Nonprofit Management from Georgetown University. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greater Washington ‘00. Jones is a founding member of both Black Philanthropic Alliance, a membership organization, and Black Benefactors (BB), a giving circle, where she serves on BB’s Executive Committee. In addition, she is the Founder and President Emeritus of the World Bank Group-IMF Staff African American Association which addresses the unique needs of African Americans and others in the Diaspora at the twin institutions on issues such as recruitment, hiring, and promotion, among others. Also, Jones has held leadership positons of increasing responsibility with her parish St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church and on the board of the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly since 1982 where she is currently the Chair of the Assembly’s Youth Activities Task Force. She is also a veteran board member of GCTS-SGH, her high school alumni association in Snow Hill, NC.
Jones is constantly in demand for media interviews, including websites and social media, and speaking engagements. For her selflessness, dedication and commitment to cancer advocacy and civic and youth activism, including teen pregnancy prevention, Jones was awarded the White House Champions of Change Award in 2011, the Mayor’s Community Service Award in the Category of Lifetime Achievement in 2011, DC Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy Standing in the Gap Award in 2013 and most recently, the 2015 Thurgood Marshall Center Trust Phenomenal Woman Award. Since retirement, Jones continues to volunteer more than 1,500 hours annually.
Amoretta Morris leads the Foundation’s national community change strategies, outside of its hometowns of Baltimore and Atlanta. Her team works with local partners to improve the neighborhoods where kids and families live by promoting access to good schools, affordable homes, job opportunities and strengthening community safety.
Ms. Morris has more than a decade of experience shaping policies and programs to improve the lives of youth and families. She has moved between the non-profit sector and government either organizing for social change from the outside or reforming institutions from the inside. She brings deep experience in education policy, youth development, civic engagement, interagency collaboration and non-profit management. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Morris served as the Director of Student Attendance for the District of Columbia Public Schools. She led a continuum of activities ranging from chronic absence intervention and dropout prevention to supports for homeless students. Previously, she was a youth and education policy adviser in the Executive Office of the Mayor in the Anthony Williams and Adrian Fenty administrations. She joined local government after serving as the founding director and lead organizer for Justice 4 DC Youth! Coalition, an advocacy organization that mobilized youth and adults to promote juvenile justice reform.
Morris has served on several non-profit boards and local commissions, including her current membership on the boards of Neighborhood Funders Group and the Harvard Kennedy School Black Alumni Association. She is also a lay leader in the spiritual community at Unity of Washington, DC. Morris earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and African studies from Washington University in St. Louis, and a master’s in public policy from the Harvard University.
Tracey Webb is the founder of Black Benefactors and has been hailed as the first online chronicler of black philanthropy as the creator of BlackGivesBack.com, a pioneering blog that highlighted stories of black giving from 2007-2015. She is also a co-architect of Black Philanthropy Month, observed annually in August.
Webb has been featured in national media, such as online, print and radio that include the August 2011 ‘Black Wealth’ issue of Ebony magazine, the launch of TheRoot.com’s “The Root Live,” NPR’s “Tell Me More” with Michel Martin, BlackEnterprise.com, New York Times, TheGrio.com, and in the books, Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans and Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.
She possesses 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and grantmaking sectors working for various organizations throughout the Washington, DC region.
Webb is the recipient of several honors, including an inaugural Living Legacy Award from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 2012, the Trailblazer Award from ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives) in 2014, a 2015 emPower Player Award recipient, a 2013 “Women Worth Watching” honoree by Profiles in Diversity Journal, 2013 Who’s Who in Black Washington, DC honoree, and the inaugural Legacy Award from the Black Philanthropic Alliance. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of the District of Columbia and a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Howard University.