Curtis Jones, Jr.
The Honorable Curtis Jones Jr. represents the 4th District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. is a champion for education, an ally for criminal justice, and the environment.
Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. lead the charge to enforce new public safety regulations for fire escapes, create the Philadelphia Mortgage Diversion Program, which prevented thousands of residents from losing their homes, along with a second moratorium on Sheriff Sales during the month of January 2011 to further protect, preserve and defend the homes of Philadelphians, and The Philadelphia Internship Tax Credit, which will allow high school, college, and vocational students in our city to receive a stipend for their work.
Councilman Jones, Jr. has collaborated with both District Attorney Seth Williams and Former Mayor Michael Nutter on the Witness Intimidation Law, which emphasizes the importance of eyewitness testimony in the justice system and a renewed commitment to protecting those who courageously step forward to report crime. Councilman Jones, Jr. also authored a law for 5% of the City’s annual Community Development Block Grant to be used for Mixed-Use Property financing.
In addition, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. and the Office of Housing and Community Development launched a $1 million pilot project for mixed-use developments all in his 1st term. Councilman Jones established the Roxborough Environmental Control District to preserve the historic Manatawna Farm, wildlife habitat, and greenspace in Roxborough and is the City’s leading advocate for the environmental and economic impacts of Marcellus Shale onto Philadelphia.
A noted expert on community-based economic development, Councilman Jones has served in various public and private sector positions for more than two decades. Under his leadership, minority-, women-, and disabled- owned business entities have received more than $583,000,000 in municipal contract opportunities.
Councilman Jones serves on numerous boards and executive committees including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Crime & Delinquency Commission both appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf. He also serves on the Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB), as Co-Chair of Special Investigative Committee examining City demolition procedures and operations both appointed by Council President Darrell Clarke, the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority’s Minority Advisory Committee, the Please Touch Museum, the Mann Music Center, and as a President Gas Commissioner.
A recipient of numerous community and industry awards, Councilman Jones, is one of Overbrook High School’s accomplished graduates. He has furthered his scholastic achievements by attending the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels School of Government, completing studies at Boston University’s A. C. C. A. program, and receiving a Master’s certificate in Contract Compliance in conjunction with the University of Alabama.