Tanya Wright, CEO of Southern Bancorp Community Partners (SBCP), has announced that Steve Jones, former lawmaker and current deputy director at the Arkansas Department of Human Services, will join the nonprofit organization later this month. Jones will serve as senior vice president of programs and will initially focus on the organization's community development programs in Arkansas and Mississippi.
“Steve's commitment to helping improve the lives of those in need, coupled with his many years of responsible and executive level leadership, make him the right choice to lead SBCP's community-based initiatives,” said Wright. “I'm confident that his addition will be a significant and effective contribution to our ongoing work in the region.”
In this new role, Jones will oversee SBCP's work across a four county area and lead the non-profit's efforts toward its three transformational goals of reducing poverty, increasing employment and improving graduation rates.
"As a son of the Delta, I'm thrilled to join the team at Southern Bancorp Community Partners in their mission to strategically work with communities on their educational attainment, unemployment reduction and poverty reduction goals,” said Jones. “There is nothing that's wrong in our region that people working together can't make right."
A native of Crittenden County, Jones has a strong record of public service. From being elected to the Earle City Council to serving three terms in the Arkansas General Assembly, he has been a tireless advocate for working families across the state, with particular emphasis on those living in the Delta region.
An alumnus of Arkansas State University, Jones also serves as Governor Beebe's designee to the Delta Regional Authority and has previously served as chair of the Delta Service Board and president of the Good Neighbor Center, a nonprofit agency in Crittenden County. He lives in Marion with his wife, Dr. Susan Ward-Jones and they have three children. His office will be located in Helena-West-Helena.