Debra Clark Jones
With over 20 years of management experience, Debra 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 communication skills coupled with her passion, business acumen and leadership 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 and SAS Institute.
In healthcare, Debra has led statewide campaigns to raise awareness about health disparities in chronic disease areas including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDs, prostate cancer, heart disease, and sickle cell disease. 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 currently serves on 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.
Debra served as a P-20 education intelligence advisor while at SAS Institute. In this role, she advised P‐20 educational communities on the strategic application and development of data‐driven decision support systems. Debra has led strategic planning and retention planning efforts for several institutions of higher education. This work led to the design and development of a planning framework that facilitates systematic strategy development for student success. This framework has also been utilized in grant planning and development.
Debra performs research on topics related to economic equity – more specifically, small business development. She recently completed an economic leakage study for the Asheville, NC metropolitan statistical area to identify potential growth areas for small minority business creation and expansion. TEQuity also serves as a key member of several disparity study teams for local and state government.
Debra is an active volunteer in her community. She is a member of the Triangle Park (NC) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.