Leading Public and Minority Health Advocate Joins Nuclear Matters Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC (January 24, 2020) – Nuclear Matters welcomes a new member to the Nuclear Matters Advocacy Council: Karyne Jones, the President and CEO of the National Caucus and Center on Black Aging (NCBA). Karyne joins at a time when the conversation surrounding the impact of energy production on public health – especially the health of minority communities and elderly citizens – and environmental justice reach new heights ahead of the 2020 electoral season.

“Elderly communities are particularly at risk to the adverse health effects of increased carbon emissions, and when segmenting older Americans by race and income, we can see clearly that elderly people of color and lower income Americans are most impacted,” says Karyne Jones. “That is why I am excited to join the Nuclear Matters coalition and add my voice to the chorus demanding the protection and expansion of our largest source of carbon-free energy.”

Karyne Jones has served in numerous public affairs and advocacy positions. Prior to joining NCBA, Karyne was Executive Director of Federal Relations with SBC Telecommunications (now ATT), where she advocated for consumers on telecommunications issues and policies. She also has previous experience working on Capitol Hill, including as a Legislative Aide to Congressman Andrew Young. A native of San Antonio, Karyne left DC to serve her hometown community in the Texas Legislature as the representative for District 120, which includes San Antonio. During her tenure, Karyne sat on the Appropriations, State-Federal Relations, Corrections and Urban Affairs committees. She also served as Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus and was a member of the Black and Mexican American Legislative Caucuses.

During its 50-year history, NCBA has been the only national organization devoted solely to providing effective leadership in making minority participation in aging services a national issue and priority. NCBA offers services that empower seniors to make healthy lifestyle choices and also advocates for employment training. Additionally, the NCBA Housing Management Corporation provides affordable, high-quality housing to more than 500 low-income seniors in six U.S. cities.

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