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 Cassandra W. Jones

 Dr. Cassandra W. Jones began her career as a teacher and progressed through increasingly responsible assignments culminating in the position of Executive Director for Curriculum and Instruction in the School District of Philadelphia. From this assignment she accepted the positon of Chief Academic officer for the Baltimore City Public School System. The theory and praxis acquired during her professional tenures informed her decision to found Next Step Associates, LLC, a Small Business Administration 8(a) certified Minority/Woman Business Enterprise (MWBE) and Limited Liability Company that enables public and non-profit organizations to function optimally. Through her collaborative leadership, the formation of teams of associates with over 100 years of professional experience in the education and corporate sectors, Dr. JScreen Shot 2017-03-10 at 12.18.45 PMones has branded NSA with a proven reputation for assessing, creating, and implementing approaches to building leaders and systems that effectively maximize program and leadership capacity with laser accuracy and execution in reference to the particular needs of the organization.

In products and services for organizational development, NSA assists companies in managing change and aligning people, processes and practices. Dr. Jones and twenty-five associates have worked with senior level staff persons in evaluating the efficacy of organizational strategic plans, developing program assessments and evaluation tools.

In the area of executive and staff coaching, NSA partners with individuals and teams to enable a more effective shaping of new organization visions and plans for improving overall productivity, competence, and confidence. Dr. Jones and selected NSA associates have been executive coaches to CEOs and other executive level staff. NSA collaboratively analyzes planning processes, operating procedures, performance measurement criteria and supports the documentation and realization of growth sustaining goals. NSA has assessed and redesigned senior staff structure for a large non-profit managing a multi-million dollar portfolio of student support programs. Dr. Jones has facilitated the rezoning design and process for 100 schools, designed a comprehensive guide for over 57,000 users that connects standards and benchmarks to digital tools, software products and the internet.

She has created a nationally recognized School-to-Career system that provided over 3,000 internships for high school students, trained over 1,500 hundred teachers and engaged over 500 business and community partners in the expansive program.

In 2015, Next Step Associates, LLC was recognized as one of the fifty top minority businesses in Philadelphia, PA, and Dr. Cassandra W. Jones was honored as one of the Women of Distinction by the Philadelphia Business Journal in 2014.

Dr. Jones earned a doctorate in Sports Administration from Temple University as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Education Administration and Education respectively from Temple. She holds a Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility from Beaver College (now Acadia University) and Secondary Principal Certification from Temple University.