Jones is the former Assistant Administrator of the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In his role at HCPA, Jones is focused on expanding and strengthening the association’s relationships with industry, NGOs, retailers and all levels of government, while also increasing sustainability efforts in the consumer, industrial and institutional specialty chemicals industry. Jones also assumes responsibility for the association’s Pest Management Division and is the leader of the Ignite Solutions Team, where his experience at EPA has significantly enhanced Ignite Solutions’ ability to provide strategic research insights for its Task Forces.
Jones held various management positions focused on chemicals, toxics, and pesticides during his 30-year career at EPA. As leader of OCSPP, an office of highly-skilled technical staff of about 1,000 people and a budget of $225 million, he was responsible for implementing the nation’s pesticide, toxic substances, and pollution prevention laws.
Among his many accomplishments, Jones was instrumental in working with bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate on the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, which overhauled the Toxic Substances Control Act and was signed into law in 2016 by President Obama. He also led the early stages of implementation of the act which had not been updated in nearly 40 years. Jones was also responsible for leading several successful national sustainability programs, including launching the increasingly industry accepted Safer Choice program and establishing federal “Green Guidelines” to facilitate federal purchasing of green products. He also directed the updating of the Farmworker Safety and Pesticide Certification and Training Rules while at EPA.
Jones earned an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Maryland. He is a 2003 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service and in 2010 he was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service. In January of 2012, President Obama nominated Jones to the position of Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention at the EPA. In August 2013, the United States Senate confirmed his nomination.