Appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire in March 2005 and confirmed unanimously by the state Senate.
Commissioner Jones is a member of the International Relations and Telecommunications Committee of the National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC). On the Telecommunications Committee, he has served on the Task Forces of Intercarrier Compensation and Eligible Telecommunications Carrier (ETC) Designations, and currently serves as its chairman of Federal Legislation. Jones has been appointed to serve on the Federal Advisory Council of the North American Numbering Council (NANC). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI). He is Vice Chair of the Washington Action Committee. Prior to his commission appointment, he served as managing director of Cutter & Buck (Europe), BV in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for five years.
From 1978 to 1981, he served as Director of the State of Ohio’s office in Tokyo, Japan, which coordinated the state’s activities in Asia to promote direct investment in Ohio (e.g., the Honda Motor Company) and promote exports to the Asian region. After leaving Japan, Jones directed the Program on U.S. - Japan Relations at Harvard University that is housed in the Center for International Affairs.
From 1983 – 1988 he served as senior legislative assistant to Senator Daniel J. Evans, the former U.S. Senator from Washington State, and staffed him on energy policy issues and for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee as well as international trade policy. He was responsible for a broad range of energy issues, including hydroelectric re-licensing, nuclear waste management, energy conservation and renewables, and the Bonneville Power Administration.
Jones is a native of Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Harvard College with honors with a degree in East Asian Studies in 1977. He is fluent in Japanese, and is proficient in Chinese and Swedish.