Holly Jones, Director of Member Services at the YWCA, announced that she will begin a new job serving the people of North Carolina with the NC Department of Justice in November.
Her primary responsibility with the Attorney General’s office will be to promote community engagement and partnerships, as localities work to prevent crime and protect citizens.
For Jones, public service and community involvement have always been part of her life. Growing up in Wadesboro, her father served in the state Senate and later on the county commission. Holly has always been guided by her faith and a commitment to give back to her community.
Holly began her stateside career as a public health educator in Durham County. After three years of working in Durham schools and neighborhoods, she took a position as Executive Director of the YWCA of Asheville. Under her guidance, the YWCA went from a staff of 55 to 120 employees.
Helping women and families through the YWCA led Holly to seek elected office. In 2001, she ran for and won a seat on the Asheville City Council. She served on the council, including two years as Vice-Mayor, until 2007. In 2008, Holly won a seat on the Buncombe County Commission, where she served for eight years. As a commissioner, Jones spearheaded a comprehensive county plan to address domestic violence, which culminated in the establishment of the nationally recognized Family Justice Center.
Domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, scams against seniors, and the opioid crisis are just some of the critical issues that Jones will be addressing in her new role. Jones is very excited that the Attorney General’s office is committed to having a representative in Western North Carolina.