President and CEO
National Caucus and Center on Black Aging, Inc.
Location: Washington, DC
Industry: Aging services and advocacy
EXPANDING ITS REACH: As the oldest and largest minority aging organization, National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA) continues to expand its reach to low-income seniors. In 2012, the nonprofit became known as a local leader in affordable housing after completing a $30 million renovation of a 30-plus-year-old, 174-unit senior housing property. Now other affordable housing owners seek out NCBA when they need a major developer. NCBA also partners with several organizations to disseminate information about Alzheimer’s, financial literacy, computer education and more to seniors.
Fun Fact: Jones loves to skydive.
BEING RESOURCEFUL: Like many nonprofits, “there is never enough money to assist all [those] in need of our programs,” Karyne Jones says. Still, Jones and her team have successfully identified other resources to support NCBA’s efforts. As a result, staff salary and benefits have remained constant, grant performance measures have consistently been met, and end-of-year audits have been in the black, she says.
EXPERT ON AGING: Jones, a former Texas legislator and federal telecommunications lobbyist, is considered an “aging leader.” A frequent speaker on panels around the country, she also testifies at hearings on aging issues and serves on the national boards of the American Society on Aging and OASIS Institute.