Damien Jones is the equity and justice outreach specialist for the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In his role, Mr. Jones advocates for environmental justice in communities of color and low-income communities in the form of policy reform and increased access to resources. While at UCS, he helped organize a Historically Black Colleges and Universities climate consortium, which provided training for young scientists of color on climate science advocacy.
Before joining UCS, Mr. Jones worked for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation as a program coordinator at the Foundation's Leadership institute, where he trained and developed more 100 young professionals to become change agents. He previously worked as a legislative aid in the Texas Senate where he engaged members of Congress on equity and environmental issues. Mr. Jones is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a co-founder of the activist movement Houston Justice, and a motivational speaker on leadership and social justice.
Mr. Jones earned a B.A. in public affairs from Texas Southern University.
He has appeared on numerous panels, including at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Annual Legislative Conference where he discussed the shared impacts of environmental justice and approaches to confronting pollution and other social justice issues. He has appeared in E&E News and The Houston Chronicle, and onVICE and KRIV TV, Fox 26 Houston.