Xavier graduate is speaking on King's legacy in relation to the historic presidential election

Damon Jones was communications director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention | January 21, 2009

Damon D. Jones, Procter & Gamble’s external relations leader for the United Kingdom and Ireland, is speaking on Thursday, Jan. 22, on what “Living the Legacy” of Martin Luther King Jr. means to him in relation to this year’s historic presidential race.

Jones, who graduated with honors from Xavier in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts (broadcast journalism) and a minor in Business Administration, took a leave of absence from P&G in 2008 to serve as communications director for the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

His responsibilities included message strategy, development and delivery for more than 15,000 members of the media during convention week, as well as managing media in the lead-up to the largest and most watched political convention on record. He was responsible for a broad range of scenario planning, issue management and crisis preparation responsibilities requiring coordination with numerous political groups, government officials and private sector organizations.

At Xavier, Jones served as president of the Student Government Association for two years. He went to work for P&G right after graduation and has held a variety of strategic communications positions during his nearly 12 years at the company. He has been recognized internally and externally for creating innovative communications programs and developing strong corporate and community partnerships, and effective crisis prevention and management.

Jones’ community involvement includes service on the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center’s board of directors and as a member of the Xavier University Board of Trustees and the Greater Cincinnati Television Education Foundation. Jones was the youngest appointee to Cincinnati’s Mayoral Task Force on Race Relations. He also served as a member of the Cincinnati Human Services Advisory Commission, was named by the Cincinnati Business Courier as one of “Forty Under Forty” rising business professionals and has spoken on leadership at numerous seminars and conventions.

His talk begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Clock Tower Lounge of the Gallagher Student Center. Admission is free.