About ICF

Kandace Jones

Consultant, Child Welfare and Education
Kandace is a child welfare and education expert with nearly 20 years of experience working with federal, state, and local education agencies, nonprofits, and the private sector on program implementation and improvement.

Kandace uses high-quality capacity building and technical assistance (TA) to oversee service delivery to education agencies in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Previously, she served as the president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan. Under her leadership, the organization’s K–12 career readiness programs served nearly 57,000 students throughout 10 counties in Southeastern Michigan. From 2012 to 2018, Kandace served as an expert consultant for the Appalachia Regional Comprehensive Center, where she successfully facilitated more than 30 multi-year, multi-level initiatives that built state capacity to implement and scale up large-scale reforms and evidence-based practices, using processes such as root-cause analysis, logic model development, and guidance on the implementation of evidence-based programs and practices.

Kandace also served as consulting advisor to the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Office of the Chief Academic Officer where she supported college- and career-readiness efforts through competency-based learning in middle and high schools. She served as the director of the Office of Out-of-School Time Programs for DCPS, where she was responsible for the management of afterschool and summer programs across 102 schools serving more than 12,000 students.

Kandace also worked as a special assistant for School Turnaround and Acting Chief of Staff in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education at the U.S. Department of Education. In this role she coordinated high-quality, relevant TA to states and districts in turning around their lowest-performing schools, implementing reforms, and managing change across their systems. This TA included facilitating communities of practice; sharing research-based practices and emerging promising practices; coordinating ongoing partnerships with national experts and TA providers to host webinars and conferences; and directing TA to state educational agencies in support of local education agency implementation of reform efforts. She also co-founded Global Elevation, a nonprofit that stimulates economic growth and builds capacity in low-income communities through afterschool and summer youth leadership development, entrepreneurial training, and cross-cultural exchange programs.

  • M.B.A., Florida A&M University
  • B.A., Florida A&M University
  • Certificate in Advancing Youth Development, D.C. Children and Youth Investment Trust