Joseph Jones serves as executive director for The Harkin Institute for Public Policy & Citizen Engagement. The institute offers non-partisan programming, experiences, research, and connectivity focused on the areas that defined the career of now-retired Senator Tom Harkin: people with disabilities, retirement security, wellness and nutrition, and labor and employment.
A former legislative assistant to Senator Harkin in Washington D.C., Joseph joined The Harkin Institute in 2016. Previously, Joseph served as senior vice president of government relations and public policy at the Greater Des Moines Partnership.
He holds a master’s degree in public administration in public policy, as well as a non-profit leadership and administration certification, from Drake University. Joseph is a board member at the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation and Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity®. He also serves on the board of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, along with chairing its Business Horizons program. He’s a trustee on the board of the American Council of Young Political Leaders.