2018 TOP 30 Champions of Diversity
TOP 30

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Roland Jones

Chief Procurement Officer
Prince George

Roland Jones Built D&I Culture at Prince George County Government

Roland Jones is the Chief Procurement Officer for Prince George's County Government in his role as Director of the Office of Central Services. One of Jones' many major achievements is the creation, execution and enforcement of the Community Benefits Agreement with MGM International. The agreement ensures MGM's long-term commitments to supplier diversity and diversity hiring, and includes general and aspirational goals. This is a major agreement in which a private company voluntarily committed to supporting the community.

Jones keeps the County Executive and executive team informed on the value that diverse suppliers and the supplier diversity initiative accrue to the local, national, and global economies. He believes that increasing the education of supplier diversity professionals in areas of supplier diversity, procurement, supply chain, strategic sourcing and leadership are critical. Jones is focusing on going from supplier diversity to supplier development, making financial commitments to improving supplier capacity through education, and providing business opportunities for development through the creation of business development programs. He uses technology for outreach and data analysis to keep progress on track.


Favorite Quote:
“There are two types of people, those who make an effort to reach their dreams and those who sit back and dream about their dreams.” - Roland Jones