B.J. Jones has over 25 years of public sector experience. He currently serves in the New York City Mayor’s Office as the Executive Director of the “New” New York, spearheading the implementation of a wide range of initiatives to drive an equitable recovery and resurgence (learn more at https://newnypanel.com/). His previous positions include President & CEO of the Battery Park City Authority, Deputy Director of the Mayor’s Office of Operations, Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Planning & Implementation at the Department of Buildings, and consultant in KPMG’s State and Local Government Consulting practice. He has experience in a range of projects, from business process modernization and policy development to emergency response and infrastructure improvements. B.J. has a BA in Management from Gettysburg College, an MPA from American University, a MAPP degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and has pursued coursework in the PhD in Public Administration program at Rutgers University. He serves on the board of the Frederick O’Reilly Hayes Prize Foundation, which, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Technology & Innovation, recognizes emerging public sector leaders. B.J. has been recognized by City & State Magazine as one of the most powerful people in Manhattan and his journal article “What Makes Government Work Great: The Characteristics of Positive Public Service” was published in Public Personnel Management in 2021. He is a certified Project Management Professional.
Effective development, planning execution and communication of special projects are critical to all types of public service organizations. Service organization, health providers, nonprofits and government organizations constantly pursue new initiatives and projects to address the demands of their constantly changing environment. This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and methods for directing projects and provides students with tools that prepare them for success as a project manager.