Mondaire Jones

Hometown: Spring Valley, NY

high school: Spring Valley

college: Stanford University

MAJOR: Political Science

GRAD. PROGRAM: Harvard Law School (2013, JD)

Raised by his single mother and grandparents in the working-class community of Spring Valley, NY, Mondaire saw firsthand the debilitating life constraints experienced by our society’s disadvantaged citizens.

His understanding of what he saw around him would both deepen and mature through his involvement in the NAACP during high school and eventually as a member of and committee chairman on the organization’s National Board of Directors. College classes, internships, and community service activities have also proven invaluable learning experiences in this area.

Mondaire arrived at Stanford planning to change the world through a career as a novelist, but gradually changed his mind. His continued participation in the NAACP, his leadership within the Associated Students of Stanford University (where he served on the Undergraduate Senate and as Student Body Vice President and led numerous successful initiatives), his internship at the Stanford Legal Clinic, and his studies have all convinced him that he can be most impactful through political and legal advocacy.

With these interests and goals in mind, it is not surprising that Mondaire chose to major in Political Science and minor in African & African-American Studies at Stanford—while still, of course, taking several creative writing classes.

In his senior year, Mondaire co-founded a taskforce on racial profiling in Palo Alto, was a resident assistant in his freshman year dorm, served as a student representative on Stanford's Board of Trustees Committee on Academic Policy, Planning, & Management, was a panelist for Judicial Affairs, and continued his involvement in the Haas Center Public Service Leadership Fellows Program.

A recipient of Stanford's prestigious John Gardner Public Service Fellowship, he will spend 10 months working for the Obama Administration in the Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy. His dream is to work in the public interest, such as in the areas of civil rights and criminal litigation. Beyond that, he aspires to positively impact legislative policy so that everyone in our nation has a fair chance at realizing the American Dream.

Much is to be expected from a young man whose high school newspaper and literary magazine advisor called: “the finest writer, thinker, leader and human being I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”

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