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Désirée P. Jones-Smith

Senior Program Manager

Désirée P. Jones-Smith is a senior program manager with the College Excellence Program, where she co-leads the Aspen Prize and the Aspen Rural College Excellence Initiative—a new project designed to deepen rural community college success.

She brings over a decade of commitment to work that grows people and organizations so that they can most effectively build their own communities. Désirée has shared and honed her skills within several leading organizations, including two land-grant universities, a nonprofit management services organization, and two regional chambers of commerce.

She is a National Boren Scholar and Lyman T. Johnson Fellow and received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Kentucky.