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Steven Jones

President and CEO, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce

Steven Jones is president and CEO of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce. He brings more than 29 years of management consulting for his private firm, JONES. His clients include Toyota, Honda, Qualcomm, Sempra Energy, Solar Turbines, Harvard University, University of San Diego and others. Among his goals for the chamber is to expand to all sectors of San Diego, including North County, Rancho Santa Fe, La Mesa, Escondido, the coastal communities and the Southeast San Diego.

ALMA MATER: University of Louisiana Lafayette, University of San Diego, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University

CIVIC INVOLVEMENT: Board member of LEAD San Diego, and of Teach For America.

FUN FACT: “I was the first person of African descent to be ordained as a Buddhist Monk in a 700-year-old Monastery named Wat Umong.”

BUSINESS ADVICE: “Focus on doing the right work, doing it extremely, and the rest will take care of itself.”