A native of Jacksonville, Mia Jones was re-elected to the City Council to represent District 10, in May 2007, for her second and final term. During her tenure on the Council she has shown herself to be a leader among her peers. Since arriving she served as Chair for both Rules (05-06) and Economic, Community & International Development (06-07); Vice Chair of Public Health & Safety (07-08), Rules (04-05) and the Special Committee on Legislative Issues (04-05). Additionally, Mia has served as Council Liaison to the Water & Sewer Expansion Authority, the Victim Assistance Advisory Council, the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, the Duval County School Board and on the Election Canvassing Board during the Presidential Election of 2004.
Presently her Council assignments also include: the Public Health & Safety Committee, Land Use & Zoning Committee, Recreation & Community Development Committee, Personnel Committee, City Council's Task Force on Affordable & Low Income Housing, Zoning Code Rewrite Special Committee and Liaison to the Water & Sewer Expansion Authority.
In 2007, Mia began serving her second term as the 2nd Vice President for the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials. She Chaired the Florida League of Citites Home Rule Administration Council and was a member of the League's 2005 and 2006 Legislative Committee. Also in 2005 she went on to become an Alumnus of the XXIV Class of Leadership Florida, whose mission is to build a strong, diverse statewide network of leaders with a shared commitment to connect our communities and to make Florida a better place in which to live and prosper. In 2003, she completed the IX Leadership Florida's Local Government Leadership Program, which brings elected officials from all over the state together to network, learn from each other and outside experts, and helps to build skills that will make them more effective leaders.
Since being elected Mia Jones has remained true to her platform of Promoting Economic Development, Partnering in Education, both inside and outside of her district, Promoting a long term solution to Infrastructure Disparities and supporting activities that will increase the Safety of the citizens she represents. She introduced and successfully passed legislation that addressed: Voting Irregularities, Early Voting Sites, Rehabilitation, Conservation or Redevelopment of Blighted Areas and the Relocation of the Head Start Program from a contaminated site, to name a few.
Mia is the former Director, Minority Business Affairs for the Duval County Public Schools where she was responsible for ensuring the administration and development of the Minority Business Development and Assistance Program. Mia began her career with the Duval County Public Schools in 1995, as the Supervisor of Affirmative Action after serving as the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Assistant to the Mayor's Office of Equal Employment (1992-1995).
Mia Jones is the youngest of three children born to Lawrence and Hannah Jones. She was educated in the Duval County Public School System and graduated from William M. Raines Senior High School (Class of 1986). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and an MBA in Human Resource Management from Florida A & M University (FAMU). She is an active member at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and she believes the most important thing one can do is to keep your priorities in perspective: Christ, Family and Community.
Community and Civic Activities
In March 2006, she co-founded and sponsored the Celebrate Life 5K Walk & Run along with the Johnson Family YMCA. This annual event places a spotlight of the need for the community to make positive life choices as it relates to their physical and mental health and wellbeing. Mia Jones enjoys golf and has hosted the Pink Lady Chairty Golf Tournament, an event committed to supporting various non-profit programs that positively impact the lives of her constituents. She is a member of the Mary L. Singleton Memorial Breakfast Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Life Member of FAMU National Alumni Association.
Mia continues to serve as a member of the Board of Essential Capital (Formerly JEDCO), the Healthy Start Coalition Advisory Board, the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce - Economic Inclusion Executive Committee, Neighborhood Lending Partners North Florida - Community Advisory Board, Social Compact - Community Advisory Board, the Children's Ministry at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church and she Chairs the Multicultural Tourism Committee of 'Visit Jacksonville'.
Over the years she has served on the Executive Committee of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce as the Chairman for Area Councils (2002), as President for both the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Northwest Area Council and the First Coast Business Alliance (FCBA) in 2001. Additionally, Mia holds or has held memberships in the Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI), JCCI Forward, and Leadership Jacksonville (Class of 2000). During her tenure as President of the local FAMU Alumni Chapter (1994-1998), she led the organization in establishing a $100,000 endowed scholarship fund that is used to provide financial assistance to students from Jacksonville who have decided to attend FAMU.
Mia Jones has received numerous awards and recognition for her service to the community, including the 2005 Clanzel T. Brown Award presented by the Jacksonville Urban League, being named the U. S. Small Business Administration District Minority-Small Business Champion of the Year, National Association of Minority Contractors in Northeast Florida Advocate of the Year (2005) and Lady of the Year presented by the Bob Hayes Tack & Field Committee (2005), just to name a few.
Mia is a results oriented advocate for economic development throughout underserved areas within her district. She is committed to making the State of Florida and especially the City of Jacksonville a better place for all to live, work and raise a family. Simply put, Mia Jones is a community trustee committed to delivering visible results!
Following her service on the Jacksonville City Council, Mia Jones was elected to the Florida Legislature in 2008.