Jonathan Jones is the City of Albany’s Commissioner of Recreation, Youth and Workforce Services, where he has served since January 2014. In his current position, he has initiated numerous programs designed to provide educational, athletic and social activities for City residents, particularly urban youth. He speaks passionately and from personal experience on the challenges facing African-Americans and members of other minority groups. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in educational administration from the University at Albany. Before assuming his current position in January 2014, Jonathan served as an administrator at the State Education Department, overseeing federal funds for STEM and other programs in highly challenged school districts. He is active in the Arbor Hill community of Albany, where he lives with his wife Jordine and their two young children. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Albany Community Action Partnership and 15-Love, a nonprofit that uses the game of tennis to reach out to disadvantaged young men and women.