Consulting - Alethia Jones
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What I do – I craft conversational spaces that individuals, groups and organizations find highly productive for advancing their social change agenda.


How I work – Low-key, comfortable style that is highly focused on crafting appropriate approaches and outcomes that meet your goals.  


My background – Almost two decades of university teaching and scholarship working with practitioners in urban community development and immigrant policy, in domestic and international contexts. Rooted in a commitment to justice, fairness and equity with ability to cross-pollinate ideas from different contexts.

Organizations I've Worked With (partial list)
I have worked with community organizations, government agencies, foundations, firms, social service non-profits, and policy advocacy organizations. I enjoy strategizing, training and facilitating with people creating positive social change.


  • Youth Engagement Fund
  • Surdna Foundation
  • Holding Our Own: A Fund for Women (Albany, NY)
  • Women Transforming Community
  • 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
  • SEIU – Service Employees International Union (Washington, DC)
  • Forum on Race and Democracy
  • Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State (Albany, NY – Jobs with Justice & Interfaith Worker Justice affiliate)
  • New York Immigration Coalition
  • New York Civil Liberties Union (Capital District)
  • Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region,
  • National Network on Immigrant and Refugee Rights

Event Planning and Facilitation

  • for staff meetings, conferences, retreats
  • for strategic planning and decision making
  • for individual or small group coaching
  • for mediation (Certified Mediator)


Sample workshops and speeches on Immigrant Integration and Community Change  (particular interest in dialogues with non-immigrants ambivalent about immigration).

  • Let’s Talk Immigration! – 90 minute interactive workshop
  • Immigration and the City
  • What to the Undocumented Immigrant is the 4th of July?
  • Jose Crow? Anti-Immigrant Laws in the 50 States
  • Top-Down Policy-making and Immigrant Community Banking
  • Religious Values & Immigration

Design Strategic Reflection for Learning and Development

  • blend hard-nosed awareness of economic and political contexts with reflective techniques.
  • generate authentic listening and speaking for large and small groups
  • create and conduct Train-the-Trainer sessions that evaluate, select and train staff to lead
  • create pre- and post training assessments and evaluations
  • flexibly designed customizable solutions