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Georgetown honors Nakeisha Neal Jones
Nakeisha Neal Jones graduated from Public Allies Washington, DC in 1997, earned her degree at Georgetown University in 2002, and became executive director of our DC site in 2010. On Jan. 18, Georgetown will honor Nakeisha with the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. “When people learn about Public Allies DC, they say it is one of the best kept secrets in Washington,” says Nakeisha, a lifelong resident of DC's Ward 7. “I hope that part of what this award can do is help to raise the profile of some of the work that we have been doing and why leadership pipelines are so important to our city... There are a lot of young people who don’t feel valued by society, so therefore they don’t value themselves. We have an opportunity to say things and serve people in ways that will build them up, and I hope more of us choose to build up more than we tear down.”