Tracy Jones began her career in Human Resources, working for Kay Jewelers Inc. as a Benefits Administrator in Alexandria, VA. She returned to Cleveland and continued to forge a career in Human Resource Management with Midial U.S. Retail Group, Fanny Farmer Company in benefits administration. Upon the sale of the company, she began her search for a meaningful change in her career. Her search led to a position with Case Western Reserve & Akron University through a joint partnership to examine the messages of HIV/AIDS prevention education for African American women. This was a career-defining decision and the beginning of her true life’s work. During the next 5 years, she worked to educate women and inner-city teens on the importance of HIV/STI prevention. After this engagement, Tracy moved on to work in the funding world at the City of Cleveland Department of Public Health HIV/AIDS Unit as the office’s Program Director. During her post, she directed 14 HIV Prevention Programs for women, men who have sex with men, at-risk teens, and chemically dependent adults. After several years as a funding provider, she had a strong desire to return to direct service and did so through her post at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland.
In October 1999, Tracy joined the AIDS Taskforce as Director of Education. During her tenure, she has also performed in the capacity of Assistant Executive Director, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer.
In 2012, Tracy helped to shepherd the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland into a new era of service provision by embarking on a search for an organizational partner. The Taskforce settled on a partnership with the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, a global organization providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 100,000,000 patients in 37 countries and 16 cities in the US.
The AIDS Taskforce formally became a proud affiliate of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in May 2013, and soon after, Tracy assumed the role of Midwest Regional Director. Most recently, Tracy added to that role the title Senior Director & National Director of Mobilization Campaigns for AHF.
Tracy has more than 26 years of experience in non-profit management and HIV/STI Prevention Education. She holds a master’s degree in the Management of Non-Profit Organizations from Case Western Reserve University and a BA from Kent State University. She is the Co-founder of the Beyond Identities Community Center for youth and is published in the Health Issues Confronting Minority Men Who Have Sex Men text, printed 2007.
She is also the proud mother of an extremely active (13) year old named Aiden.