Director of Grants and Administration Becomes New Deputy Executive Director

After joining YouthBuild Newark, Inc. (YBN) in 2004 as the Grants Coordinator, in July 2012, SanDonna Jones began a new chapter as the agency’s Deputy Executive Director.

Mrs. Jones brings over eighteen years of experience in administration, resource and organizational development, and strategic planning to her new role. Within this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring optimal agency operations, including providing leadership and direction; ensuring the achievement of performance goals; overseeing fundraising and partnership cultivation; providing guidance on marketing and public relations, and representing the organization to key stakeholders.

In her most recent role as the Director of Grants and Administration, Mrs. Jones managed overall resource development and administration, created and maintained effective administrative systems, managed human resource functions, and engaged in partnership and stakeholder development. She previously worked as Principal of SBJ Consulting, Inc., a firm that provided consulting services in resource development, organizational assessments to determine non-profits’ capability to establish enterprises, focus group facilitation and workshop organization, board development, curriculum development, and strategic planning.

An engaged community member, Mrs. Jones is a member of the Graduate Organization of Leadership New Jersey of which she is a 1998 Fellow, Program Chair of the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI), and former Board Member of Newark Emergency Services for Families.

After Yale University, and well into her career with non-profits, Mrs. Jones attended the Columbia School of Business – Institute for Non-Profit Management, a program designed to help nonprofit leaders successfully develop their organizations' directions, policies, and programs. Her commitment to community development – most specifically, Newark’s development – is also evidenced in her having previously gone through the Harvard Institute on Affordable Housing, to better understand that aspect of community-building.