LaToya M. Jones joined the Health Foundation’s board of trustees in 2021. She has had an impressive career in the healthcare industry for over 26 years, building a reputation as a change-agent in the arena of health policy, healthcare, and disability advocacy. She is a nurse and currently serves as a Regional Healthcare Advocate for the Healthcare Education Project in Syracuse & Central New York. Jones is passionate about decreasing the rate of healthcare disparities in the community and is a staunch social justice advocate, influencer, educator, volunteer, and promoter of holistic wellness.
Jones leverages her talents as a coalition-builder and social change agent through her active participation in various organizations. She was elected to serve as the First Vice President of the Syracuse Onondaga NAACP for 2021-2022. Along with her work with the NAACP, Jones is the founder of The Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy Inc., serves on the boards of Syracuse – Onondaga Food Systems Alliance (SOFSA), David’s Refuge, and past President & Founder of Black Nurses Rock Syracuse Chapter Inc., a grassroots organization focusing on cultivating innovative nurse leaders and community outreach in disadvantaged neighborhoods. She is a graduate of Bryant & Stratton College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration and currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. She is a member of the Alpha Beta Gamma National Honor Society and a graduate of The Advocacy Institute, Nourishing Tomorrow’s Leaders through The Gifford Foundation, and The Leadership Classroom of Greater Syracuse through the Central New York Community Foundation.
Jones is a native of Syracuse, New York, born and raised in Central New York. She is a mother of two girls and one boy, and resides in Clay, New York. One of her favorite quotes is “Unity is what will help us move the needle for everything.” -unknown