2019 Humanitarian of the Year
Jerry joined Acxiom as an officer in 1999 from the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, where he specialized in problem-solving and business litigation for 19 years. While at Rose he represented a large number of Arkansas-based companies including Tyson Foods, Walmart, Stephens Inc., Acxiom, Systematics, Worthen Bank, and Alltel. In the course of his litigation practice, he led trial teams that secured some of the most significant verdicts in Arkansas history.
While never serving in an elected public office, he has influenced public policy in Arkansas for many years and has good relationships with a significant number of members of Congress.
In addition to his duties as chief ethics and legal officer at Acxiom, Jones is a member of the board of directors of Agilysys, Inc., Heifer International, and the Board of Visitors of UALR. His passion for community-related challenges has been the driving force for the creation of several programs, including Harnessing 21st Century Solutions: A Focus on Women.
As the leader of the initiative, Jones was responsible for bringing to Arkansas the annual meeting of the Club de Madrid, an organization comprising 93 former heads of state of 65 democracies, to the Clinton Presidential Center where Jones serves as a special advisor. Jones is also the chairman of FASTERArkansas, connecting students to a 21st-century education in trying to bring high-speed broadband internet services to every public school in Arkansas.
Jerry was a member of the board of directors of Entrust, a public company from 2004 to July 2009. At Entrust he served on the Audit Committee and chaired the Compensation and Strategic Planning Committees. For many years, Jerry was the Chairman of the Arkansas Virtual Academy, an internet-based statewide public school. He has long been involved in progressive education efforts in Arkansas and was a founding member of what became Children’s Education Opportunity (“CEO”) Arkansas.
In addition to his work in education, he has served his community by chairing multiple fundraising events for the Clinton School of Public Service and the Arkansas Heart Association. He has also been an active participant in efforts to build a strategy to move central Arkansas forward by focusing on Safety, Education, and Jobs. He has served in various industry-wide roles, including the Mailing Industry Task Force and the Board of the Consumer Data Industry Association. Jerry has also worked closely with Partners for a New Beginning, a public-private partnership between the US Department of State and the business community, and is a regular participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and CGI-America.
Jerry is a frequent speaker on education, marketing, and legal topics and has presented at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute and the Milken Institute. In the Summer of 2011, he co-founded UhireU.S. an organization that is dedicated to trying to persuade one million American businesses to hire one unemployed person. This idea will drive the designation of National Jobs Day by the US Senate. In President Clinton’s book “Back to Work” the idea is cited and endorsed by President Clinton.
Jerry holds a degree in public administration and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas.
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