Debra Clark Jones
With over 20 years of management experience, Debra Clark Jones is a recognized and award-winning leader in enterprise program management, information technology, outreach, and analytics. Her clients include governmental agencies, universities and colleges, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. Her strategic, analytical, and creative skillsets coupled with her passion, business acumen and experience are cited as key factors in her ability to excel in addressing inequities in healthcare, education, and economics.
Prior to founding TEQuity, Debra served as Chief Information Officer for North Carolina’s Department of Public Instruction. She also led one of North Carolina’s largest statewide information technology efforts overseeing 43 executive branch agencies and universities and $132 million in expenditures. In this role, she regularly briefed the governor, the governor’s cabinet, the legislature, and the public at-large. She received a state commendation for outstanding leadership for this program. Debra also held leadership positions with IBM, SAS Institute, and Glaxo SmithKline.
Debra has led statewide campaigns to raise awareness about health disparities in chronic disease areas including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDs, prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and sickle cell disease. Her team designs and implements outreach messaging through online platforms, print media, radio, and television. Her innovative and strategic approaches have positioned organizations for higher returns on their outreach efforts, particularly with underserved populations. She also facilitates key community collaborations that optimize and leverage shared assets to reach common goals. She recently completed an economic leakage study for the Asheville, NC metropolitan statistical area to identify potential growth areas for small minority businesses. TEQuity is also part of the City of Asheville’s Disparity Study project team.
Currently, Debra serves on several national and local committees including the National Alzheimer’s Disease Recruitment Strategy task force established by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute on Aging. This task force is charged with the development of strategies for recruiting local and diverse participants for Alzheimer’s disease research. Debra is also the founder and president of the Healing Race Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization committed to motivating individuals disproportionately affected by chronic diseases to utilize preventive health care services and sustain healthier lifestyle behaviors.