Mike Jones has previously worked as a youth sports coach in various organizations around the Bay Area, including the YMCA and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). As well, he was in the Big Brother program when attending the University of Virginia, a summer youth camp volunteer for MNCPPC and former Youth Group Director at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church in Hampton, VA.
When Michael managed Bayfair Center in San Leandro, he was able to establish strong relationships with local youth through public schools and other youth specific programs. One program was a summer office internship for 4 upcoming senior students from San Lorenzo Unified School District, during the summer of 2016. He also brought a quarterly fashion show to San Leandro, free to the public and hosted by a popular Bay Area radio station. As well, Mr. Jones offered volunteer opportunities to high school students, that counted towards required school credits.
Other aspects of his community service through corporate social awareness include free space donated for student and community organization fundraisers, career day speeches, job shadowing days, student mentoring, etc.
Currently, Michael fulfills many of his community initiatives through his career, the Rotary Club of Brentwood and other organizations that he belongs to, including Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), where he is currently Chair of the Membership Committee and on the Board Nominating Committee for the East Bay - California chapter. One of his core beliefs is that 'for-profit' businesses should show corporate social awareness and invest in the communities where they are located.
He was responsible for bringing Brentwood the Bay Area's largest Easter Egg Hunt (12,000 Easter Eggs) in March 2018, in which over 1,200 kids participated for free. As well, he brought the most fascinating, largest seasonal ice arena in northern California, to Brentwood, in December 2017, including a one of a kind, 38' Polar Ice Slide. One of the most fun events that he coordinated was the Trunk-or-Treat & Public Safety Fair event in October 2017, when over 2,500 participants came out to The Streets of Brentwood for free, to let their children trick-or-treat for candy safely, participate in the Brentwood Police Department's Safety Fair and look at several cool vehicles that were 'dressed up' with a Halloween theme, for valuable prizes. It was so beautiful to see the children help their parents decorate the vehicles. Michael also coordinated a Christmas Tree Decorating Contest, in which several local public schools created ornaments out of 'recyclable products' and decorated Christmas tress with their creations, for a potential prize.
Through Rotary, Michael has volunteered in several community service activities in Brentwood, including the Kohl's Back-To-School Shopping Spree for children, Turkey Trot for Schools fundraiser, Brentwood Elementary Schools Science Fair judging and the School Dictionary Distribution program for Brentwood elementary school 3rd graders.
At 39 years old, Michael now finds an ever greater meaning in the term, 'Serving Your Community'. In the summer of 2016, he was selected as a juror in Contra Costa County Superior Court, for a 5 count felony trial that lasted for 5 weeks. Chosen as jury foreman, Michael was tasked with bringing 11 other fellow citizens and jurors, together to find a verdict for each count. The initial votes would have resulted in a hung jury on all 5 counts. Through tough leadership, regarding following the law and judge's instructions, Mr. Jones was successful in bringing the group together to find a verdict on 4 of the 5 charges.
That jury experience helped Mr. Jones fully understand and appreciate the leadership potential that he not only possesses in his career, but in life, especially in his community. Therefore, he now sees an opportunity, like becoming a city council member, as a duty. The wealth of experience, education, knowledge and networks that Michael has can only contribute to the continued success of The City of Brentwood's future. This is a feat that he does not take lightly. If elected, he will be very proud to help lead Brentwood's government for the next 4 years.