Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Citizen Leadership Program
Wil Jones, Segal Fellow

Wil Jones

2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

William Jones is Associate & DEI Committee Co-Chair at The Rockefeller Foundation. He worked within Urban Resilience and Sustainability for the last two years of his undergraduate career. While developing the City of Boston’s Resilience Strategy during his time with the Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, he learned to listen, engage, and collaborate with community members. Organizing community outreach events and managing the office’s website and social media profiles granted him experience with diverse methods of stakeholder engagement, and strengthened his ability to turn community feedback into initiatives which later became central components of the “Collaborative, Proactive Governance” section of the Resilient Boston Strategy. In his subsequent internship at The 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) where he interned with the North American Core Practice Management team, Wil was able to get a top-down view of strategy production - in all its stages - across all 27 North American cites, including those in Canada and Puerto Rico. This experience equipped him with an adaptable analytic framework, as well as perspective on what other cites are doing to increase their resilience.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Wil served as an Associate at 100 Resilient Cities, where he'd previously interned as the City & Practice Management Fellow before becoming full time staff. Wil also served among the first cohort of Fellows in Boston’s Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity (MORRE) in 2016, where he supported the Chief Resilience Officer, Dr. Atyia Martin in the production of Resilient Boston: An Equitable and Connected City. Wil holds a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies from Brandeis University, where he served as the Undergraduate Representative to the Board of Trustees.