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2019 Resourceful Woman of the Year

  • Albany Marriott 189 Wolf Rd Albany, NY, 12205 United States (map)
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Proudly Announcing Daquetta P. Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Administration at New York State Department of Civil Service, as the 2019 Resourceful Woman of the Year!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

11:30 AM | Albany Marriott, Wolf Rd.

YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. announces Daquetta P. Jones, Deputy Commissioner for Administration with New York State Department of Civil Service, as the2019 Resourceful Woman of the Year. The event, presented by Groff NetWorks and Troy Web Consulting, will be held Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Albany Marriott, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.

Ms. Jones was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Administration at NYS Department of Civil Service (DCS) in April 2019. NYS DCS is the central personnel agency for the executive branch of NYS government, serving approximately 150,000 employees. DCS's mission is tobuild tomorrow's workforce today by promoting a diverse, inclusive, and talented workforce. As the Deputy Commissioner for Adminstration, Jones provides overall direction to the Office of Financial Administration, responsible for agency fiscal management, including budget preparation and the monitoring of accounts, and the Office of Human Resources and Administrative Planning, which oversees programs and policies relating to the employment of DCS personnel.

Prior to Jones' appointment at NYS DCS, she led YWCA of the Greater Capital Region, Inc. in Troy, NY as Executive Director for over five years with unwavering passion, devotion, charisma, strategy and vision. Jones' most notable successes as Executive Director included increasing revenue by nearly 40%, positioning YWCA-GCR into a well-known and reputable organization throughout the Capital Region, 75% staff retention, securing a $250,000 DASNY grant to address imminent physical plant concerns, annual employee raises, successfully securing $155,000 through an anonymous matching pledge, more than tripling the Solution to End Homelessness Program (STEHP) grant annually, and increasing fundraiser revenue by 75% over four years. Jones also served on various committees, boards, and councils such as City of Troy Ethics Commission (appointed by Mayor Patrick Madden), Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Key Bank Advisory Council.

Ms. Jones is a 2011 graduate of the Sage Colleges Graduate School of Management and holds a bachelor's degree in crime and justice policy from The Sage Colleges of Albany as well as an associate degree in human services from Hudson Valley Community College.

Ms. Jones is an experienced, dedicated, charismatic and visionary leader who seeks to enhance the lives of others. She brings with her nearly 20 years of human services experience, 11 of those years in leadership positions. Jones knows first-hand, the oppression and obstacles to reaching and maintaining self-sufficiency, especially as a Woman of Color. As a single, teen mother, Jones experienced homelessness, domestic violence, poverty and a plethora of judgments due to her plight. She continued to persist as a devoted mother with a purpose, passion, strong work ethic, and commitment to advancing her education and becoming a community servant.

The Resourceful Women's Awards were established in 2000, to recognize and honor women whose community and professional pursuits advance the empowerment of women, a core element of YWCA of the Greater Capital Region's mission. "We are honored and proud to recognize this year's honorees," said Starletta Smith, YWCA-GCR's Interim Executive Director. The annual event is a great chance to honor the accomplishments of inspiring women and network with business owners, community members, and elected officials. All proceeds help sustain, enhance, and expand the unique services and programs YWCA-GCR provides. In addition to our economic empowerment, homelessness prevention, food security programs and services, YWCA-GCR houses 104 women and over 50 children every day.

In addition to honoring Daquetta P. Jones, the Awards Luncheon will recognize the 2019 Woman of Inspiration, Resourceful Women, Young Girls On A Mission and Community Partner Award recipients. It is with deep gratitude that YWCA-GCR recognizes The Women's Business Council as the 2019 Community Partner awardee for their priceless work, compassion, contribution and commitment to YWCA-GCR's mission, services and programs. The community award recognizes organizations, corporations and individuals whose generous, tireless, caring, supportive spirits and expertise have provided significant financial contributions and tangible goods to YWCA-GCR over the years.

Nominations are now open. To nominate a Resourceful Woman or Young Girl On A Mission, please visit,

Nominations will close at 5:00 PM on Friday, August 23, 2019! To learn more about becoming involved in this event, please contact Jamie Crouse, Director of Development and Marketing, or 518-274-7100.

Earlier Event: October 7
New York State Innovation Summit