America's Second Harvest Names New Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances

America's Second Harvest
Monday, 3 May 2004

Janine Jones Takes on New Assignment

America's Second Harvest, the nation's leading hunger relief organization, today announced the promotion of current Director of Tax Policy and Washington Counsel, Janine Jones, to the position of Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Alliances.

"Every day, people are working together all over our nation in an effort to win the battle against hunger in America. Since joining America's Second Harvest in 2002, Janine has played an instrumental role in helping us develop a strong, cohesive network of political, nonprofit, and business friends who are willing to join us in this fight. Her acute understanding of the complex issues and challenges that effect our network and her ability to effectively communicate our mission, as well as her political and government acumen, make her an ideal fit for this demanding new role," said Bob Forney, America's Second Harvest President and Chief Executive Officer.

Effective immediately, Jones will be responsible for building, developing and leading America's Second Harvest's partnerships and alliances with the many organizations, companies and entities interested in fighting domestic hunger. In addition to these new responsibilities, Jones will continue to oversee the tax policy initiatives of the organization.

Jones, 32, has served as Washington Counsel and Director of Tax Policy for America's Second Harvest since November 2002. She received her BA in sociology in 1993 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her JD in 1996 from the University of Iowa, where she was managing editor of the Iowa Law Review.

Prior to joining America's Second Harvest, Jones served as judiciary and tax counsel for U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, from 1997-1999. From 1999 to 2002, she was employed as Counsel in the Public Law and Policy Section of Akin, Gump, Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P, where she represented Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations and state and local governments on a broad array of tax, labor, and pension regulatory and legislative issues before Congress and the executive branch. Earlier this year, Jones served as a traveling faculty member for Boston University's International Honors Program (IHP) "Cities in the 21st Century" program, where she taught courses in Urban Economic Development and Politics and Comparative Culture and Society.

Jones is involved in a variety of legal, professional, and civic organizations, and is a member of the Illinois Bar, the District of Columbia bar, and the bar of the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois. She and her husband, Damon Smith, reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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