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Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever

Executive Director, National Council of Negro Women

Meeting of October 20, 2010 - Employer Use of Credit History as a Screening Tool

Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women. Both a membership and umbrella organization, the National Council galvanizes the collective power of more than 240 local sections along with 34 national Black women's organizations which together represent four million women of African descent in the US and throughout the Diaspora. Prior to serving in the role of Executive Director, Dr. Jones-DeWeever served as the organization's Research and Policy Center Director and also held appointments with the Institute for Women's Policy Research, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. An accomplished scholar, writer, and public speaker, Dr. Jones-DeWeever is an authority on race and gender in the American economy, poverty in urban communities, inequality of educational and economic opportunity, and issues of privilege, power, and policy in the US. Dr. Jones-DeWeever received her Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women's Voices. Women Vote. as well as the Women's Voices. Women's Vote. Action Fund. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Wider Opportunities for Women and maintains the position of Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for Women's Policy Research.