Geneviéve L. Jones-Wright was raised by her single mother in a low-income home in San Diego, California where devotion to family and self-respect was cultivated. In the fourth grade Geneviéve decided to follow in the steps of Justice Thurgood Marshall and become a “social engineer.” Since that day, she has been determined to “carry the bags” of Justice Marshall as he had done for Mr. Charles Hamilton Houston.
In keeping with the vision, Geneviéve obtained a J.D. from Howard Law after graduating from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in mass media communications. She obtained an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy in a one-of-a-kind program specializing in federal criminal defense from California Western School of Law. She has practiced in federal court in both the Southern and Central Districts of California, and proudly served San Diego County as a public defender for 13 years where she represented poor people charged with serious crimes.
Geneviéve is the inaugural Legal Director for The Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA) where she develops cutting-edge human rights and national security policy for immigrant and refugee communities in San Diego County. She is a member of the organization’s “Rapid Response” team, providing a legal infrastructure to respond to the growing, urgent threats to Muslim, asylee, and refugee community members. Geneviéve uses her expertise, leadership, fierce drive, and litigation skills to secure human rights, justice, and freedom for our immigrant and refugee communities to ensure everyone has equal protection and justice under the law.
Beyond the courtroom and policymaking, Geneviéve serves on the City of San Diego’s Commission on Gang Prevention and Intervention where she chairs the Gang Documentation committee. She is a volunteer attorney for the California Innocence Project and a member of the State Bar of California’s Council on Access and Fairness. In addition to being a proud member of Lawyers Club, Geneviéve is President of the Howard University Alumni Club of San Diego, Vice President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, 2nd Vice President of the San Diego branch of the NAACP, and a board member for Historically Black Colleges and Universities Alumni Club San Diego.
In 2003, Geneviéve co-founded and served on the Board of Directors of ELITE (Educated Ladies Investing in Tomorrow’s Exemplars), a local program that prepared young girls for college. Currently, Geneviéve serves on the Board of Directors for the David’s Harp Foundation, a local nonprofit that transforms the lives of “at-risk” and homeless youth through the power of music. Recently, Geneviéve re-launched her professional motivational speaking firm, Motivation.In.Action (MIA). Through MIA, Geneviéve empowers individuals—especially women and youth—to “write their own stories” and to live on purpose.
Her life goal is to use the law as a tool for our most vulnerable groups. Geneviéve has an abiding love for God and sincerely desires to manifest Divine Love through service by way of her life.