Green Festival Speakers

John Paul Jones



Jones is a Community Organizer/Transportation Specialist. Jones is an experienced urban organizer who joined Developing Communities Project (DCP) Inc. on May 1st, to led the organizing to extend the CTA Red line from 95th to 130th Street. DCP is a faithbased organizing group serving the Greater Roseland communities.Through the years, Jones has worked extensively on grassroots campaigns in Englewood, West Pullman, Austin, South Shore, Brainerd, Uptown, and New City and across the city. His most recent work was at Friends of the Parks as Director of Neighborhood Parks and Community Relations. Jones' earlier work included Director of Community Outreach for the Neighborhood Capital Budget Group (NCBG), Associate Director of the Greater Englewood Local Development Corporation, and as Housing Organizer for the Action Coalition of Englewood. Through his experience in working with families, resident groups, and institutional leaders, Jones gained considerable technical and organizing knowledge of Chicago neighborhoods.In June 2007, through a fellowship grant from the Environmental Research Foundation, Jones formed the Sustainable Englewood Initiative to organize public interest in Urban Greening. From this project work, Jones led focus group sessions with residents on abandoned and existing railroad corridors. An abandoned railway along 59th Street was chosen to become the New Englewood Remaking America (ERA) Trail, a 2 miles stretch of greenway for agricultural, recreation and cultural purposes. In late 2009, the New ERA Trail was selected as one of the 19 Burnham Centennial Legacy Projects for the Chicagoland area.More food strategy work is underway in the Greater Roseland community. DCP is working with churches and activist to build and expand the urban food market to black farmers. The project is known as the Greater Roseland Black Farmer Market Promotion Program. A collaboration between Fernwood UMC and DCP will create access points for southern farmers to sell produce in the urban market via black churches.Jones' work has been recognized with the Mayor Daley Public Safety Award, the Citizen Newspapers' Advocate of the Year Award, Friends of the Parks' Park Advocat