Today the Tyler Clementi Foundation announced that it is bringing on 20-year fundraising veteran Michael Barret Jones to serve as development director. Jones has a track record of delivering for arts, education and social welfare organizations in the tri-state area. The foundation hired Jones to help build the organization’s first seven-figure budget as it looks to deepen its impact.
The foundation was started by Joseph and Jane Clementi to honor their son, who died by suicide after he was the victim of a vicious incident of cyberbullying at Rutgers University in 2010. The foundation works to end bullying – online and offline — in schools, workplaces, and faith communities through the use of bullying prevention and education programs such as the Upstander Pledge and #Day1 toolkits.
“We are excited to bring on the talent we need to ensure that the Tyler Clementi Foundation can continue to grow to meet the pressing needs of teachers, families, employers and faith leaders to create the tools to prevent bullying,” said Jane Clementi, CEO of the Tyler Clementi Foundation. “Both Michael’s personal and professional experience makes him a perfect fit for our organization. We can’t wait to see what we can do together as we pursue our ambitious goal of creating a million #Upstanders backed by $1 million.”
Jones most recently served as Director of Development and Social Media at Iris House: a Center for Women Living with HIV in New York. For nearly eight years, he ensured that this vital service organization was able to provide direct support and education services to HIV positive women in the city. Jones is active in his community serving as part of the Rahway (N.J.) Business Improvement District, New Jersey Arts Marketers and was part of a team that helped to initiate and design the N.Y. State Association of Independent Schools’ annual conference for development and alumni staff.
Under the guise of his alter-ego, Witti Repartee, Jones has served as Queen of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus, Empress XXVI of The Imperial Court of New York, serves on the Board of Folsom Street East, and under the aegis of Kaleidoscope Collaborations, produces several benefit cabarets each year.