AnnaMarie Jones, is a mom, wife, journalist, community advocate, and local TV independent producer. A member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), she is a graduate of Syracuse University, majoring in Speech Communication and minoring in Spanish. AnnaMarie is a board member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Wayne,PA where she helped found the Mainline Refugee Resettlement Organization that gave five refugees from the DRC a safe place to rebuild their lives. She feels blessed to now call these fabulous five brave and beautiful people friends.
Looking beyond oneself, and investing time in community and others, is something that was modeled for AnnaMarie by her late father, Ernest James George. Ernest was born into poverty, systemic racism, and segregation in New Orleans, LA. However, as a light skinned Black man, he beat the system and was the first in his family to attend college, paving the way for his brothers and sister to get an education too. Ernest eventually became a successful small business owner and philanthropist in the community of Long Branch, NJ, where he did as much as he could to make it a better place for those who live there. As a Biracial woman, AnnaMarie’s passion to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in her community and beyond, stems from her heart’s desire to honor her beloved father and create the kind of world he could only imagine.
“Just as deep as the issues of systemic racism are, so should be the lessons to overcome them.” – AnnaMarie Jones