Jones Nhinson Williams is a co-founder and managing partner responsible for administration and external affairs at the Magowi Consulting Group (MCG). Prior to joining MCG in 2017, Williams had been engaged in a number of national, regional and international initiatives and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, ranging from refugee advocacy and protection, sustainable private sector job creation efforts, and workforce development to people-centered public policy, good governance, institutional streamlining and capacity building, strategic management as well as an innovation approach to the evolving knowledge-based economy.
Williams has lived and worked in Africa, Europe and the North America and his work experience includes serving as a family investment specialist/policy analyst for the Cecil County Department of Social Services in the state of Maryland, USA; senior salary and classification analyst at the state of Maryland’s Department of Budget and Management; director of the U.S-based Jewish Family Services’ refugee resettlement and immigrants’ integration service; labor market information manager for the Maryland State Government; chief of industry and occupational projections for the state of Maryland; and state administrator of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) programs in the state of Maryland.
As administrator of the federal-state cooperative partnership in the state of Maryland, Williams provided policy and managerial guidance and direction to several key labor economic and statistical programs which include the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program; the Current Employment Statistics (CES) program; the Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS) program; the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program; and the Mass Layoff Statistics (MLS) program. In addition to managing these programs and their various leadership and staff, Williams also provided direction on other programs such as the Business Employment Dynamics (BED); Local Employment Dynamics (LED); and the Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS).
Williams has also worked as a crime prevention, disaster management and access control officer for Cambridge Security Services in New York, and as a senior employment specialist for Brooklyn HIRE, a federally supported employment program in New York City. Prior to these, he served as a human rights manager of the Washington DC-based National Endowment for Democracy funded Liberia Human Rights Chapter (LHRC) and as editor-In-chief of its HUMANITAS human rights newspaper in Monrovia, Liberia. He was executive director of the defunct Netherlands-based Africa Analysis International, a research and information sharing firm, and as a sales representative for Radio Shack Corporation in New York.
Williams was a member of the State of Maryland’s Researchers Roundtable; former chairman of the International Food Security Taskforce; and former member of the Products and Innovation Committee of United States Projection Managing Partnership (PMP). He has provided consultancy services to several organizations, institutions and groups including the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and several United Nations special panels.
Williams graduated from St. Dominic’s Catholic high school in Tubmanburg, Bomi County, Liberia; St. Kizito’s Catholic Seminary and the St. Paul’s Catholic Seminary where he studied philosophy, sociology and cultural anthropology. He also holds a graduate degree in international management with a concentration in public policy, financial and strategic management from New York University (NYU) Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is married and has two daughters.