Joseph DeSanto Jones is NASPA’s director of strategic initiatives. He provides direction and coordination for all NASPA Advisory Services self-assessments, external reviews, and student affairs organization development projects. Joseph has also served NASPA as director of member engagement and community programs. In this role, he oversaw in-person and online professional development programs including the NASPA Multicultural Institute, Leadership Educators Institute, Student Affairs Technology Conference, Conference on College Men, and Student Affairs Development Conference. Mr. DeSanto Jones has served as NASPA’s staff liaison for seven geographic regions and 26 knowledge communities. He has represented NASPA as the Association’s alternate director to the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS.)
Mr. DeSanto Jones’ previous roles include consultant and director of communications for Keeling & Associates, LLC—a comprehensive higher education consulting firm. As consultant, he worked on strategic planning, organizational review, and professional development projects with divisions of student affairs at public and private colleges and universities of various sizes in the United States and Canada.
Mr. DeSanto Jones holds an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park.