Ward 1, Position 2
D’Andre Jones is a native of Joiner, Arkansas. He graduated from Rivercrest High School in 1991. D’Andre served on the Joiner City Council for two terms and served as staff liaison for US Congressman Marion Berry 1st Congressional District. D’Andre is a graduate of Rivercrest High School. He also graduated from the University of Arkansas with a BSE. He obtained a Master of Arts in Management and Leadership and a Master of Arts in Human Resource Management both from The George Herbert Walker School of Business and Technology at Webster University. In 2018, he completed a Master of Social Work from the Watts College School of Public Service and Community Solutions at Arizona State University. He obtained a graduate certificate in Diversity, Equity and Leadership from Drury University. D’Andre has served as guest presenter at many conferences including the Arkansas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Conference and the annual Clinton Global Initiative University Meeting. A prolific speaker and lecturer, he has served on numerous panels, podcasts and focusing on social justice, racial diversity, and political activism locally and throughout the region. D’Andre has served as president and political director of the NWA Democratic Black Caucus, one of the most progressive and active political organizations for minorities in Arkansas.
D’Andre‘s commitment to improving the lives of marginalized Arkansans has been unwavering over his many years of service. He has been a leader in the Arkansas Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, served on the Executive Board of Directors of the Urban League of Arkansas, Secretary Fayetteville Civil Service Commission, and has successfully led the City of Fayetteville and NWA Black History Month celebration programs for the past six years. The only region in the state where the community sponsors Black History Celebration. A local organizer with Black Lives Matter, he also served as Chairman of Mayor Lioneld Jordan’s African American Advisory Council, where he was instrumental in leading the City's adoption of racism as a public health crisis. D'Andre is extremely integral in organizing Black Lives Matter in Fayetteville. He has formerly served as chairman of the Fayetteville Civil Rights Commission and a former member of the Arkansas Disability Resource Council, Yvonne Richardson Community Center Board of Directors, and the NWA MLK Planning Council. He is an active member of the NWA NAACP and the Fayetteville Rotary Club. He is a graduate of Leadership Fayetteville and the South Mississippi County Leadership Academy. He was also selected to attend the Harvard University Emerging Leaders program. In 2017, D’Andre was awarded the University of Arkansas prestigious Black Alumni Society Community Service Award. In 2018, Celebrate Arkansas magazine named him “One To Watch”. D’Andre received the Envision Award at the City of Springdale MLK Unity Celebration. He is the former chairman of the board of directors of the Black Action Collective and Growing and Coping Together, a nonprofit that supports children of incarcerated parents. In 2022 D'Andre was appointed to serve on the Economic and Community Development Committee and the Racial Equity and Leadership Council of the National League of Cities in DC. In December, he was elected to serve as the region 12 Director representing Arkansas and Tennessee of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials subsequently serving on the board of directors. D'Andre represents the University of Arkansas on the SEC Black Alumni Network Board of Directors, a non-profit of black alumni from SEC schools. He is a member of the Beta Chi Omega chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Incorporated. He leads and manages community outreach/relations for NW Medical Behavioral Health in Springdale. Committed to giving back to his native community, D'Andre created and sustains a community food pantry in his grandmother's memory and funds an annual scholarship which bears his name at his alma mater.
As Fayetteville continues to experience unprecedented growth, D’Andre’s leadership and efforts of championing diversity, inclusion and equity economic parity, health and safety contributes in a powerful way. D’Andre’s focus is to safeguard Fayetteville's values of a compassionate and vibrant community, honoring accessibility, affordability, stability, diversity, inclusion, safety, and equitable opportunities.
D’Andre thrives to advance policies, ordinances, and resolutions that establish services, resources, and funding to Ward 1, ensuring that every family has the freedom and opportunity to thrive. As a council member, D’Andre is committed to creating and implementing solutions that work for every individual and family. The optimal goal is to partner to create a progressive agenda that aspires to a meaningful quality of life for all residents.
My vision for Ward 1 is informed by progressive working-class values of lifting from the bottom to ensure everyone rises. Equity, compassion, respect, and acceptance of all others regardless of their background, and collaborating with others to solve problems. Public health and safety, economic parity, support for marginalized communities, safe & equitable living, and environmental justice are vital and necessary for the growth and development of Ward 1.” -Council Member D’Andre Jones
City Committees on which Council Member serves:
- Fayetteville Audit Committee
- Fayetteville Water and Sewer Committee
- Fayetteville Ordinance Review Committee
- Fayetteville Black Heritage Preservation Committee