Shirley Jones is senior vice president of Public Affairs for the Jackson Chamber. She works closely with elected officials and government entities on the local, state and federal levels. She oversees not only government relations activities, but also the Jackson Chamber’s largest group of volunteers, the Ambassadors.
One of her main areas of responsibility is to advocate for chamber members and the business community with elected officials on the local, state and federal levels, and to monitor legislation on all levels as it affects the business community. In addition, Jones has responsibility for overseeing the activities of the board of directors, and coordinating all the individual member events, such as ribbon cuttings, grand openings, and groundbreakings with the Ambassador group.
Shirley joined the chamber staff in 1994 after serving as a chamber volunteer for several years. She attended Memphis State University. She is a graduate of the US Chamber Institute for Organizational Management (IOM), School of Bank Marketing, Rotary Leadership Institute and Leadership Jackson.
Jones' community involvement includes the Ayers Children Medical Center Advisory Board, Old Hickory Rotary Club, Rotary District 6760 Global Grant Scholarship Chairman and Assistant Governor Coordinator. She is a facilitator for Rotary Leadership Institute.
- Graduate of US Chamber Institute for Organization Management.
- Instructor for Governmental Affairs and Working with Volunteers sessions at the TN Chamber of Commerce Institute each March.
- Attends all meetings of the Jackson City Council and Madison County Commission.
- Recognized by the US Chamber and TN Chamber for excellence in governmental affairs.
- Leads the Jackson Chamber’s largest group of volunteers, the Ambassadors.
Five Fun Facts
- Born in an elevator.
- Favorite past time is reading. Her daddy taught her to read at the age of three by reading the Memphis Commercial Appeal to her daily.
- Married to the best husband in the entire world, hands down – and has the best children and grandbabies, too!
- Loves her job! Jones has worked in service industry jobs, but this one is the perfect job for her.
- Worked her way into her job. Starting as a volunteer for the Jackson Chamber, she worked several years, the last two as a full-time volunteer. One day, she went in to work, and they told her that since they kept adding to her volunteer duties, they had decided they were going to have to start paying her.