LANSING — State Rep. Jewell Jones (D-Inkster) will meet with fellow elected officials and national leaders this week in San Francisco at the 12th annual National Convening of People For the American Way Foundation’s Young Elected Officials Network. At the convening, which is the largest gathering of young elected leaders in the country, Jones will participate in issue-based training sessions with nearly 100 fellow progressive elected officials from across the nation to learn best practices for resistance at the state and local level, and create proactive strategies to bring back to all 50 states.

“I first experienced the YEO Convening last year, in Chicago, where I had the chance to connect with a plethora of my colleagues not just from other states, but also a handful of elected officials from the state of Michigan,” Jones said. “This convening is perfect for building meaningful relationships with dynamic and passionate people from local to national offices, and all walks of life.”

Jones, 22, was elected to the Inkster City Council in 2015 and the Michigan Legislature in 2016, and has been a member of the Young Elected Officials Network since November 2015. He will bring his own unique perspective to the convening, sharing his experience working for criminal justice, working families and job creation.