Claudette Jones, MPPA
Research Associate II
Areas of Expertise: Pay Classification and Compensation, Urban Planning, Human Resource Management, Food Insecurities
As a Research Associate, Claudette Jones provides technical assistance to Mississippi communities. Service areas include: comparative salary surveys; independent research and writing on food insecurity, food systems development, and local economic/community development; and research and writing on the issues and impacts of Baby Boomer retirement. Jones' career spans more than 35 years in media, public relations, and marketing, with a concentration in the built industry. As both a staff person and small business owner, (Woman-owned Business Enterprise [WBE]), she has marketed professional services to municipalities, counties, transportation authorities, and state and federal agencies. Marketing management and consulting experience in several business sectors includes: Engineering environmental, civil (site, transportation and aviation), structural, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP); Architecture commercial and residential development, assisted living and healthcare, education, corrections, and landscape architecture; Construction commercial, healthcare, and residential development; Military marketing support for U.S. Air Force aeropropulsion, aerodynamic ground testing, and environmental projects including the remediation of a landfill site impacting groundwater; and Real Estate property listing, client relations, and advertising. She is a licensed realtor in the State of Tennessee. She holds paralegal certification as well. Jones holds a BFA from Middle Tennessee State University; a MFA from the University of Cincinnati; a MPPA and GIS certification from Mississippi State University; and a MA in Urban and Regional Planning from Jackson State University. She has completed the nationally recognized University of Central Arkansas’ Community Development Institute three-year training program for community development.