Wil Jones, Segal Fellow

Wil Jones

2016 Brandeis Undergraduate Segal Fellow

Having worked within Urban Resilience and Sustainability for the last two years of his undergraduate career, William Jones is interested in continuing to work with and learn more about municipal infrastructure. 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. As a

Wil currently works on U.S. Jobs and Economic Opportunities team at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he provides support and manages grants in over 25 cities throughout the U.S. 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 is an Eli J. & Phyllis N. Segal Fellow, and 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.