William Jones Jr. was named CEO of Focus: HOPE in 2009 after an extensive career with FCA US LLC (formally Chrysler Group LLC) and Chrysler Financial. Under Jones’ leadership, Focus: HOPE has expanded services to the community through its three primary areas of focus: a food program, education and training programs, and community development initiatives.
Jones places a high priority on excellence in education and supports academic achievement and opportunities for children growing up in the neighborhoods around Focus: HOPE.
Workforce development training, which has traditionally targeted areas such as machining, engineering and information technology, is being expanded under Jones’ direction into new and growing fields like health care and weatherization. Services including tax preparation, assistance with utility bills, flu vaccines and health screenings, have also expanded under Jones’ leadership.