Kamara Jones is a senior communications professional who brings almost a decade of public service to Spitfire. She has worked for members of Congress in both the Senate and the House of Representatives, congressional caucuses and committees, federal agencies and was an Obama administration political appointee from 2014 through the last day of the 44th president’s second term.
Kamara is a great person to have on your team if you are in a crisis or if you want to go viral on Twitter. She is also a great person to have on your team if you are trying to write a strong op-ed, statement, or speech as she has been writing professionally since high school.
Prior to joining Spitfire, Kamara was the communications director for the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during the 115th Congress (2017-2019) where she directed messaging for the then CBC Chair, Congressman Cedric L. Richmond (D-LA-02), and the 47 other members of the nearly 50-year-old Caucus. In this position, she developed messaging strategies for the CBC’s meeting with President Trump (“We Have A Lot to Lose”), President Trump’s first 100 days in office (#StayWoke), the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville (#RootOutRacism), President Trump’s first State of the Union (“Stare Racism in the Face”) and the CBC’s meeting with the FBI Director about the agency’s “Black Identity Extremist” report (#TheNewCOINTELPRO) among others.
Previously she was the communications director for public health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, which was in the Secretary’s public affairs office, Kamara directed communications for the Flint, MI water crisis and public health agencies, which include the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. Prior to working for HHS, she was the press secretary for the U.S. General Services Administration. In this role, which was in the administrator’s public affairs office, she was the top spokesperson for the $24 billion agency.
Kamara began her communications career in the Senate. She was the press secretary for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) from 2012-2014, which included developing messaging strategies for the Newtown tragedy and the Senator’s subsequent push for gun violence prevention measures. Kamara also developed messaging strategies for the Senator’s push for consumer protection measures in response to data breaches at major retail stores, as well as his push for oversight measures in response to disturbing disclosures about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
Prior to working for Senator Blumenthal, Kamara was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation legislative fellow for U.S. Congressman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) and the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, then chaired by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). Kamara worked on education, juvenile justice and small business issues for Congressman Scott, and waste, fraud and abuse issues for Senator McCaskill.
Before working on Capitol Hill, Kamara was a reporter for the Columbia Daily Tribune, Columbia Missourian, Kansas City Star, and Essence magazine from the age of 16 through college. She has written articles on a range of topics, including high school basketball, teen smoking, cell phone etiquette, lawnmower racing, and Black men and relationships.
Kamara was born and raised in Columbia, Mo., and lives and works in Washington, D.C. She earned her bachelor of journalism in news-editorial from the University of Missouri and her master of arts in African-American studies from The Ohio State University. During her free time, she loves to read, write, play piano, shop, run and watch movies. She also loves a good brunch.