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CNU’s The Captain’s Log: An In-Depth Interview with Mayoral Candidate, Phillip Jones

The Captain’s Log sat down with Newport News mayoral candidate, Phillip Jones for an in-depth interview about the goals and policies that he hopes to put into motion if elected. Jones, a native of Virginia, grew up in a military family and is a Marine Corps Veteran. He graduated from Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School. Jones is actively involved in the Newport News community, serving on the Newport News Planning Commission, the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Peninsula, and the Board of Trustees for the Commonwealth’s Veteran Services Foundation. You can learn more about Jones on

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WAVY | ‘Brain drain’: Marine reservist joining fight to keep talented and skilled workers in Hampton Roads

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — It’s called the “brain drain”: talented and highly skilled young people from Hampton Roads who earn their college degrees, but then join the workforce in other regions. However, one young man is setting an example by saying “no” to big cities and “yes” to Hampton Roads. The son of U.S. Air Force pilots, Phillip Jones spent four years at the Naval Academy in Maryland, six years in the Marine Corps and three years at Harvard University, where he just completed the joint MBA/MPP master’s of public policy program. Because of the pandemic, his new employer,

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Phillip Jones: EVMS Center for Health Equity “an important first step in addressing health disparities that have plagued the lives of disenfranchised communities.”

EVMS is planning a Center for Health Equity (CHE) as a way to highlight and address the serious health inequities that plague the people of Southeastern Virginia. “As a health sciences university built by the community, for the community, EVMS has embraced a responsibility to address the health disparities and inequities affecting the Hampton Roads region,” says Richard V. Homan, MD, President, Provost and Dean of the School of Medicine. “It has been part of the institution’s mission since its founding and continues today.” (In the photo above, members of the Community Advisory Board are introduced to the EVMS Board

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2020 Tillman Scholar Spotlight: Phillip Jones

“I AM A NATIVE SON OF VIRGINIA. I WANT TO BE AT THE VANGUARD IN REIMAGINING THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY THAT FORMED ME.” As the son of two Air Force pilots, Phillip uniquely grew up around the globe. He was blessed to develop friendships that extended across cultures, religions and creeds, defining an ever-evolving worldview. However, his heart always counted Hampton Roads, Virginia as its home; the place where his parents retired from active duty and where Phillip learned the true meaning of duty and sacrifice. After 9/11, Phillip resolved to follow in the footsteps of

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Harvard Business School Portrait Project: Phillip Jones

“TELL ME, WHAT IS IT YOU PLAN TO DO WITH YOUR ONE WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE?” On June 26, 2015, I remember three things: My mother held tightly to my arm, my uniform stuck to my skin, and my cousin, a leader, dedicated father, and South Carolina state senator, was dead. That June day, I sat in the fourth row of the congregation, listening to a eulogy not delivered by a deacon, but by President Obama. Clementa was one of nine, killed in the Mother Emmanuel church shooting, and his death changed my worldview forever. Hours after the President serenaded

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