DAMIEN THADDEUS JONES
Damien Thaddeus Jones is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country.
Damien Thaddeus Jones is a best selling author, inspirational speaker, and servant leader who deploys faith, popular culture, and civic engagement as tools to empower everyday people. Damien appears on numerous media outlets, makes countless lectures to audiences large and small on subjects ranging from racial equity to servant leadership, and recognized as one of America’s best inspirational speakers. An award-winning leader, Damien cut his teeth as a grassroots activist in Houston as co-founder of the civil rights group Houston Justice and evolved into a national advocate for liberty and justice for all communities.
As Environmental Justice Advocate for the Union of Concerned Scientists, Damien led campaigns related to criminal justice reform, climate justice, and most recently helped organize over 200 HBCU leaders' historic involvement in the 2017 People's Climate March. He previously served as Program Coordinator of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Leadership Institute where he prepared the next generation to take its place in the fields of community service and policy development and increased the pool of young African American leaders in public service careers and public policy positions. Damien now serves as Political Outreach Director for Congressman Beto O'Rourke's U.S. Senate campaign to represent 28 million Texans.
Damien, a veteran of the United States Air Force, is regularly called upon by the media for his innovative opinions on politics, popular culture, leadership, and social justice. Damien is the author of The 25 Undeniable Laws of Greatness: A Guide to Living Your Best Life, a handbook for optimal living. An engaging national speaker, he conducts keynote presentations for corporations and conferences on the following topics: servant leadership, purpose, team building, racial equity, community policing, education, mass incarceration, environmental justice, wealth inequality, voting rights, civic engagement, and other social justice topics. Damien was raised in Jackson, MS, educated at Texas Southern University, and engaged to the love of his life Courtney.