Kerri-Ann Jones is a vice president directing a cross-cutting agenda focused on advancing quality research and science; deploying research expertise, as needed, to further the goals of ongoing projects; and exploring new opportunities for policy work that supports Pew’s mission. She oversees a portfolio that includes reviewing the design of new research projects to ensure that they are unbiased, methodologically sound, and error-free; evaluating current trends and policy developments affecting ocean and land conservation; supporting biomedical scholars in the early stages of their careers; providing nonpartisan research and analysis to help federal and state policymakers understand how their tax and spending decisions affect other levels of government; and conducting timely research on issues facing the citizens of Philadelphia.
Before coming to Pew, Jones worked as a senior technical expert for translating research into action—an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development to improve maternal, newborn, and child health. From 2009 to 2014, she served as the assistant secretary of state for oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs at the State Department, helping to shape policy for sustainable fisheries, wildlife trafficking, toxic chemicals, pandemic preparedness, and international scientific cooperation. She also served as the associate director for national security and international affairs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy during the Clinton administration.
Jones holds a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College and a Ph.D. from Yale University’s Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry.