LaBrina Jones

Contributing Faculty
College of Management and Human Potential
Ph.D. Management

Dr. LaBrina Jones currently serves as the Associate Director for Policy and Communications in the Center for Preparedness and Response, Division of Readiness and Response Science, Office of Policy Planning and Evaluation. Projects and activities she helps to orchestrate includes, but not limited to, GAO and OIG engagements, FOIA requests, executive level (federal) data calls and the like, executive partnerships, and Center performance metrics. Previously, Dr. Jones was the Program Development Liaison with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Preparedness and Response, Division of State and Local Readiness. In this capacity, she led the development of select public health emergency preparedness program components that advance the preparedness capability of Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) program awardees. In addition, she led various workgroup reviews and verified select capability standards in the CDC’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities: National Standards for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Public Health.

Additional federal experience includes - Dr. Jones served as the Deputy Associate Director for Policy for the Center for Preparedness and Responses’ Division of Emergency Operations. In this capacity, LaBrina was and still is considered an expert in emergency management as well as strategic planning and was responsible for assisting the Associate Director in developing vision, mission, and value statements, ensuring they were implemented and practiced. Other duties included, assisting the Incident Management System Policy Unit during Emergency Operations Center responses, such as served as a Policy Lead during the Ebola response.

Prior to joining the CDC, Dr. Jones served as a Presidential Management Intern (PMI) with an appointment to the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management where her career in strategic planning and evaluation began. Following her PMI appointment, she served as a Program Specialist with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). At FEMA, she managed personnel, budget processes, grants, and policy development. During that time, she also deployed to Florida and Mississippi to assist with Hurricane relief efforts.

Dr. Jones earned her Doctorate in Management and Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix; Master in Public Administration from The Florida State University; and, Bachelor of Arts from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

When taking a break from work LaBrina enjoys spending time with family, exercising, reading, traveling, and attending sorority activities with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Also, she is involved with the Atlanta Area Council (Troop 724) of the Boy Scouts of America where she can maximize her time with a wonderful 14-year-old son, AJ.

Courses Taught

MGMT 8250M - Organizational Performance Improvement

MGMT 8100 - Dissertation Mentoring

MGMT 8450 - Crafting and Responding to Change


Doctor of Management, University of Phoenix

MPA, Florida State University


Public Service

Wade Walker YMCA Advisory Board, Chair - Stone Mountain


Jones, L. M. (2015). The Effects of Political Change on Federal Leadership Turnover. ProQuest


Jones, L. M. (2018). Capability Update Initiative: Overview of the Process and Methods Used to Update the Public Health Preparedness Capabilities – National Standards for State and Local Planning. NACCHO