Wayne D. Jones specializes in program development, grant writing, strategic planning, charter school development, legal/government compliance and program evaluation. Wayne wrote or co-wrote proposals that secured more than $70 million in grants and government contracts for public school districts, charter schools and educational not-for-profit organizations. He oversaw the development of grant proposals that secured more than $50 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Incentive Fund. He also designed and secured $3 million in federal funding for a national initiative to support independent, non-networked community-based charter schools.
Wayne has worked extensively with community-based charter school developers and operators to establish innovative charter schools and interact effectively with their charter school authorizers. He has overseen the development of charter school applications that were approved by a variety of charter authorizers. Wayne also worked with several charter schools to secure full and unencumbered charter renewals—including a “last-chance” high school for at-risk students who have failed or dropped out of school, a military-themed high school for at-risk youth run in partnership with the U.S. Navy and the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy I.
Wayne has helped public school districts, charter schools and nonprofit organizations design after-school programs and secure federal and state funding to support them. He designed and conducted program evaluations for numerous federally-supported educational programs including 21st Century Community Learning Centers programs, Community Technology Centers, magnet schools, Carol White Physical Education programs, federal counseling grant programs, Safe Schools initiatives and programs to support English Language Learners.
Wayne also oversaw a federal grant-supported educational blog, and he designed and oversaw an online “hotline” that provided fast, accurate and targeted information and advice to K-12 educators.
In addition, Wayne helped more than 30 faith-based and community-based organizations, public housing resident organizations and local chapters of national nonprofit in New York City, Buffalo (NY), Long Island (NY), Albany (NY) and Boston become state-approved Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers.
A graduate of Northwestern University and Yale Law School, Wayne has more than 25 years of experience helping public school districts, charter schools and nonprofit organizations. In the 1990s, he was Vice President of a political consulting firm that advised and raised funds for the campaigns of national elected officials. In this capacity, Wayne worked with elected officials from both major parties to support educational initiatives.