Cheryl Jones is our Chief People Officer in Human Resources. She supports new chapters in hiring and developing strong and sustainable HR practices. Cheryl Jones joined Friends of the Children with more than 16 years of Human Resource experience with a global staffing firm. Her experience includes implementing creative solutions to streamline processes, and directly improving individual and group performance and productivity. She has a people first approach and is passionate about the employee advocate perspective in implementing tools, programs and strategies. She began her career as a social worker in Louisiana, and transitioned to staffing when she moved to Portland in 2000. The transition from social work into staffing enabled her to help people in Portland, and later nationwide, expand their skill sets and find work. Cheryl volunteers locally as a Court Appointed Advocate (CASA) for Clackamas County. As a CASA she helps local children in foster care by working with the child, parents, guardians, social workers, and therapists to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in the court system. She also serves as Vice Chair of Bridging Voices, Portland’s only Queer/Straight Alliance youth chorus. She holds a B.A. in English from Louisiana State University.