Candice Jones is the President and CEO of the Public Welfare Foundation, a private national foundation. Under Jones’ leadership, the Foundation invests in criminal justice and juvenile justice solutions. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor at Chicago CRED, an organization that focuses on gun violence in Chicago, and also served as Director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, a cabinet-level state agency where she supervised operations, programming, budget matters, and communications. During her tenure there, she pushed significant reforms that reduced the number of youth in state custody. Candice has also served as a White House Fellow within the U.S. Department of Education where she guided a plan to reinstate federal Pell grants for youth and adults in custody. And prior, Candice served as a program officer with the MacArthur Foundation, where she managed a grant portfolio focused on decreasing racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system and on improving the quality of defense for indigent youth. She currently serves on the board of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, a Chicago-based civil legal service organization.