Tripp Jones, Chair

Tripp Jones is the executive vice president and chief administrative officer of The MENTOR Network, a leading national provider of residential and support services for people with developmental disabilities, children with emotional and behavioral challenges, and people with acquired brain injury.

Jones is the co-founder and former executive director of MassINC, the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth , a think tank committed to developing a public agenda that promotes the growth and vitality of the middle class. As the state's leading nonpartisan voice in public policy, MassINC fosters those ideals through quality research, journalism and public education programs.

Mr. Jones brought a passion for public policy and years of public service experience to MassINC. He helped lead the successful fight for Education Reform in Massachusetts , serving as the staff director for the state Legislature's Joint Committee on Education, Arts and Humanities. For two years, he brought together elected officials, business leaders, educators and community activists to pass the Education Reform Act of 1993, legislation that fundamentally restructured the Massachusetts primary and secondary education system.

Mr. Jones is a veteran of national and state political campaigns. He served as campaign manager for Mark Roosevelt, the 1994 Democratic nominee for governor of Massachusetts , and in various capacities for Michael Dukakis's 1988 presidential bid. He also worked within Governor Dukakis's administration. Jones chaired Governor Mitt Romney’s education transition team in 2002 and served on Governor Deval Patrick’s civic engagement transition group in 2006.

Mr. Jones is an active member of his community, serving on various boards, including Citizen Schools , MassINC, Mass2020, Northeastern University ’s School of Social Science , Urban Affairs and Public Policy and Rediscovery House.

A graduate of Hamilton College , he lives in Wayland , Massachusetts with his wife, Robin, and sons, Hugh and Tucker, and daughter, Eden