Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever
President & CEO
Writer. Speaker. Change Agent. Dr. Avis A. Jones-DeWeever, Ph.D. brings over twenty years of research, advocacy, and evaluation experience to her role as Founding President & CEO of Incite Unlimited, LLC, a consulting firm devoted to the principle of moving great ideas to effective action.
Prior to Founding Incite, Dr. Jones-DeWeever held positions in several highly esteemed for-profit, non-profit and governmental institutions including the Governor's Office of Virginia, the Maryland State House of Representatives, ORC-Macro International, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the National Council of Negro Women, leading the organization at a particularly crucial moment in its history following the death of Civil Rights and Women's Rights icon, Dr. Dorothy I. Height.
An accomplished scholar, writer, and public speaker, Dr. Jones-DeWeever is an authority on race, gender and the economy, poverty, inequality of educational and economic opportunity, and issues of privilege, power, and policy in the U.S. She is the author of numerous publications focused on policy-issues of particular importance to women and the African American community. A selection of her works include: The State of Black Women in the U.S., 2014; Black Girls in New York: Quiet Strength and Bold Resilience; and the forthcoming book, How Exceptional Black Women Lead: Unlocking the Secrets to Owning Your Power, Living Your Purpose, and Achieving Exceptional Success in Career and in Life.
A highly sought-after political commentator, Dr. Jones-DeWeever's policy perspectives have been shared through a variety of media outlets including: CNN, PBS, TV One, BET News, ABC News, National Public Radio, Glamour Magazine, Clutch Magazine, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Grio, and Vital Speeches of the Day.
Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Virginia State University and holds a Ph.D. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Jones-DeWeever is a member of the Black Women's Roundtable and serves on the Board of Directors of the Voter Participation Center and Women's Voices. Women's Vote. Action Fund. She also serves as an Affiliated Scholar with the Institute for Women's Policy Research and the Women of Color Policy Network.