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Clotilde Perez-Bode Dedecker

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Felecia Jones

Executive Director
Black Belt Community Foundation

Felecia Jones is the Executive Director of the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama. The Black Belt Community Foundation was established to support community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation and success in Alabama’s 12 poorest counties—the Black Belt. As Executive Director of the Foundation, Ms. Jones values regular input from the communities and works diligently to strengthen the communities in the areas of the environment, health and human services, education, youth, arts and culture, and economic and community development in an effort to transform Alabama’s Black Belt.

Prior to serving as Executive Director of the Foundation, Ms. Jones worked as an Internal Auditor in Minneapolis, Minnesota and as an Accounting Supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee for Cargill, Inc. Ms. Jones then returned home to Alabama to serve as Executive Director of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority. This position provided a tremendous opportunity for Ms. Jones to affect positive change in her home county. With a sincere desire to improve the quality of life for Sumter County citizens, Ms. Jones worked with Auburn University to spearhead Sumter County’s first leadership development program.

Ms. Jones is very active in community development, serving on a variety of committees and boards, including Community Foundation Leadership TeamBlack Belt Action Commission, Greene-Sumter Enterprise Community, and Southeastern Council on Foundations. Further, Ms. Jones is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ms. Jones is a graduate of both Leadership Alabama. Ms. Jones is also 2006 Southeastern Council on Foundations Hull Fellow.

She is a member of First Baptist Church in Livingston, Alabama where she serves as Minister of Music for the Youth Choir.