Writer. Speaker. Change Agent. Avis Jones-DeWeever Ph.D. is an authority on race, gender, the economy, and issues of privilege, power, and policy in the U.S. She is the author of numerous publications focused on policy issues of particular importance to women and the African American community. A selection of her works include: The Black Mother's Burden; Why Women's Empowerment Matters: Engaging the Global Economy by Leaving No Woman Behind; Black Girls in New York: Quite Strength and Bold Resilience; and the forthcoming book, Standing in Our Own Way: The Limits of Black Black Progress in the Age of Obama.
Dr. Jones-DeWeever's professional background is diverse, including stints at the Governor's Office of Virginia, the Maryland State House of Representatives, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, leading the organization at a particularly crucial moment in its history following the death of Civil Rights and Women's Rights icon, Dr. Dorothy Height.
Currently a contributor to The Huffington Post and Clutch Magazine, Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a widely revered political commentator. Her policy perspectives have been shared through a variety of media outlets including: CNN, PBS, TV One, BET News, ABC News, National Public Radio, Glamour Magazine, the Grio, The New York Times, the Washington Post, and Vital Speeches of the Day.
Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Virginia State University and holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Voter Participation Center, as an Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, and is the Founder of Black Women Aligned for Positive Action.