Aranthan ("AJ") Jones II

Aranthan ("AJ") Jones II

AJ Jones puts his vast experience in health care policy, global health, international finance and monetary issues, economic development programs and disaster preparedness to work for Podesta Group clients. A familiar face in the halls of the Capitol, AJ also directs outreach to Democratic leadership. Among his many legislative victories, AJ shepherded the halting of a revenue hike on the medical device industry when almost 70 percent of its existing funds were threatened to be cut as part of health care reform.

Before joining the Podesta Group, AJ was director of policy and research for former House Majority Whip, Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC). He served as lead policy adviser on health care, economics, immigration, homeland security, global public policy, intergovernmental issues and Gulf Coast disaster recovery. AJ also functioned as policy liaison to major congressional caucuses and to the House committees on Ways and Means, Financial Services, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary, Transportation and Infrastructure, Homeland Security, Small Business, Budget, Education and Labor, and Foreign Relations.

Our in-house policy guru, AJ earned his stripes early in his career as health policy director for the Congressional Black Caucus in the office of Rep. Donna M. Christensen (D-VI), also serving as the top health policy adviser for the Congressional Minority Caucus, which includes the Black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian/Pacific American caucuses and represents more than 135 members. AJ’s experience also includes serving as a program specialist at the National Institutes of Health, a consultant to the World Health Organization and a research associate and patient service coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Recognized by many for his talents and known by us for his easy smile, AJ has been cited by Politico as one of the top 10 Democratic staffers in Congress, by The Hill as one of the “Top 35 staffers under 35,” by Ebony magazine as one of its top “30 Future Leaders Under 30,” and by CNN's Headline News as one of the top four congressional staffers to be future national policy leaders. A native of North Carolina, AJ has a bachelor's degree in anthropology and sociology from Iowa State University and a master’s in public health from George Washington University. To name just a few of his ever-expanding talents, AJ speaks Yoruba, is learning Hebrew and enjoys watchmaking.

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Burgaw, NC
BA, Iowa State University
MPH, The George Washington University
Languages Spoken: 
Yoruba, Hebrew
Financial Services, Health Care

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Podesta Group principals Jaime Harrison and AJ Jones are a "financial power pair." – The Hill

“I was teasing Donna [Rep. Donna Christensen (D-VI)] one time, ‘You ought to fire A.J. … so I can hire him,’ ” – Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) to The Hill.