Sharon E. Jones is serving as the Interim Executive Director for the Chicago Committee. She is an internationally recognized expert, consultant, author and speaker on diversity and inclusion, unconscious bias and the legal profession. She is the author of “Mastering the Game: Career Strategies for Success” (2018), designed to explain the unwritten rules for successfully navigating large professional workplaces for women, minorities and other diverse individuals. Sharon is also the President of Jones Diversity, Inc., a diversity and inclusion consulting firm. Sharon, a lawyer by training, founded Jones Diversity which focuses on corporations, not for profits, educational institutions and professional services firms. Jones Diversity works to create workplace culture where all people can be successful.

Sharon has practiced law and been a community leader over a 25- year career, including positions as a federal prosecutor, with major law firms and with Fortune 500 Corporations. She has been highly successful as a litigator, strategist, manager, counselor, an educator and a problem-solver regarding extremely complex and sensitive matters. Sharon served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago, and as a partner at Bird, Marella, Boxer, Wolpert & Matz in Los Angeles. In the corporate sector, Sharon managed litigation matters worldwide for Abbott Laboratories, as well as advising senior management in matters of crisis management and in fashioning creative solutions to highly complex business issues. She served in a similar role for SBC Communications (now AT&T).

Sharon is a past President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago. Sharon is a former President of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association, an organization with over 36,000 alumni globally, and served in that position for two years through June 2012. She is a former member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Directors and of the National Association of Women Lawyers Board and a current board member of the Federal Defender Program for Illinois and the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession. She has served on the boards of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago; Women Employed and Just the Beginning Foundation, among others.

Sharon was Counsel of Record in the amicus curiae brief filed in the United States Supreme Court in 2003 by the Black Women Lawyers Association of Chicago in Grutter v. Bollinger and the University of Michigan in support of diversity in higher education.

She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College with a degree in Economics.