Thurs., May 17, 2012, Noon to 1 p.m.
The Senior Safety Net in Jeopardy
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Karyne Jones, President and CEO
The National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc.
OKDHS Aging Services Division
The recession has had a devastating impact on the economic well-being of low income senior citizens, particularly people of color. Now as debates rise in intensity over the future of Social Security and Medicare, seniors living near the poverty line face an uncertain future. Jones will discuss the growing economic threats faced by low income elderly African Americans. NCBA, based in Washington DC is one of the largest minority-focused organizations in the United States. NCBA is dedicated to preserving the dignity and enhancing the lives of low income elderly African Americans.
About the Speaker:
Karyne Jones is the president and chief executive officer of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, Inc., (NCBA) the only national organization solely devoted to making minority aging services a national priority. Jones leads NCBA in its efforts to deliver fair and affordable housing, employment services, and healthcare intervention programs for low-income African Americans and other minority seniors. She also targets new business, partnerships, and other opportunities to ensure organization’s commitment toward minority aging.
Previously, Karyne served as the legislative aide to Congressman Andrew Young. Jones served for eight years in the Texas Legislature representing District 120 in San Antonio. As vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, she was a member of the Mexican-American Legislative Caucus. She also served on the Appropriations, State-Federal Relations, Corrections and Urban Affairs committees. Prior to her political career, she served two terms on the East Central Independent School District school board of trustees.
Jones has a bachelor's degree in political science from Clark Atlanta University. She holds a masters degree in public affairs from Northern Illinois University. She received a second masters degree in public policy and administration from Harvard University.
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