Kia Monique Jones
Founder & CEO, For Brown Girls, Inc
Kia Monique Jones is a young, rising public health professional and trailblazer born and raised in Jackson, MS. Growing up in a family filled with strong black women, living her life to the fullest potential was expected of her. As a Dean’s List Scholar, she has always aspired to lead, be successful, and to give her all. Kia is a product of Jackson Public Schools. She is a graduate of Provine High School and Jackson State University where she earned a degree in Biology with an emphasis of Pre-medicine. She then continued her educational advancement at Belhaven University, obtaining a Master of Public Administration. Currently, she is a Doctoral Candidate at Jackson State University obtaining a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Miss Jones is employed with University of Mississippi Medical Center and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Kia’s career goal is to develop multidisciplinary and collaborative strategies for solving health-related problems and increase emphasis on disease prevention and wellness promotion.
Kia’s accomplishments include being crowned as Mississippi’s first reigning Ms. Black Mississippi, 2018. Her scholastics awarded her the selection in Alpha Epsilon Lambda Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, and Pi Mu Gamma Honor Society. Her affiliations include memberships with Leadership Greater Jackson Class of 2017-2018, American Public Health Association, active HIV/AIDS committee member, Mississippi Public Health Association, American Society of Public Administration, Association of Public Policy and Management, and American Chemical Society. Kia is also a current 2018 Top 50 under 40 Award Recipient and 2018 Inaugural Mississippi’s Top Entrepreneurs Award Recipient by the Mississippi Business Journal. Kia is an active member of the illustrious sisterhood of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Dedicating her life to improving the lives of others is very appealing to her. She is also being challenged to utilize her skills in networking, analysis and research methods. Along this journey, she wants to consume knowledge and greater her abilities so that she may be an asset to diverse communities through public service. Miss Jones is the CEO and founder of For Brown Girls, Incorporated which is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization thats mission is to uplift, motivate, and cultivate the minds for women of color by
strengthening marginalized communities in Jackson, Mississippi, California, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Louisiana, and Georgia respectively. Empowering them to fulfill their dreams and promote positive change in their communities. Kia’s experience and expertise is leadership and innovation. Her expertise affords her the ability to strategically assist in advocating for those who are disadvantaged. She has embraced these ideas and create environments in which people are given the tools and resources to challenge the status quo, push boundaries and make a difference in the community of Jackson, MS, where she resides. Mayor Chowke Lumumba presented a proclamation to For Brown Girls, Inc. for their outstanding service to the community in Jackson, MS under Kia’s leadership in November 2017.
Kia’s community involvement and volunteer efforts include AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Mississippi HIV Planning Council, Grace House, local Mississippi hospitals, Girls With A Dream Mentoring Group, and American Red Cross for disaster relief. She also serves fully as an executive board member of Sister’s On A Rise (SOAR), a nonprofit organization that helps encourage young ladies to strive for academic excellence, health promotion, and creditability, Good Samaritan Center, and Making Strides Committee for American Chemical Society of Jackson, MS.
Kia is committed to the economic growth and revitalization of Jackson, MS. Miss Jones’ favorite saying will always be, “You can’t ask for extraordinary and then complain about what’s ‘fair’. That’s the tax of being special. Oprah wasn’t built in a day.”