Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Karitsa Mosley Jones is your not so average inner city southern girl! Growing up in an atypical single parent household, Karitsa was exposed to the concept of being raised by a village. As a result, her village became the catalyst that drove her to create a life trajectory that would propel her to excel. In 2003, Karitsa earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice. She then earned a Masters of Social Work degree in 2005, both degrees from her illustrious Alma mater, Alabama A&M University. As a Licensed Master Social Worker, she has over twelve years of immense experience, which provides her an extensive understanding of the socioeconomic barriers that many are facing in her immediate community. Karitsa is currently employed as a Medical Social Worker at Erlanger Health System. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Dept. Of Social Work at the University of TN- Chattanooga.
Karitsa lives by the infamous Mahatma Gandhi quote, “Be the Change that you wish to see in the world.” She believes that the most important change we can make as a community is to improve educational opportunities for our children. It was this core belief that drove her to step forward and commit to making a difference. On August 7, 2014 in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, at the age of 33, Karitsa was elected to the Hamilton County School Board. At the time of her election, she became the youngest member ever elected to the board and the first African American female to represent her district’s community. She has brought new energy, innovative ideas and trustworthy leadership to the Hamilton County School Board. In her first term, she has been a strong advocate for greater community engagement in schools; closing achievement gaps; more equitable and transparent budgeting decisions; fought for fair and balanced educational experiences to improve the urban schools in her district; and has advocated for policies that attract and retain the most effective teachers for schools that need them most. Karitsa is currently serving in her second term as the Vice Chairwoman of the Board and District 5 Representative.
Youth, public education and social inconsistencies are Karitsa’s focus efforts. It is her desire to leave a legacy that will be an inspiration to young people, especially young women. Young women have the capacity to set their hearts and minds to whatever they can imagine, and by doing so then can accomplish anything. Reminding youth that their demographics don’t determine if and when they IMPACT change; true passion mixed with genuine actions creates change!!
Karitsa was a member of the 2015 Inaugural Class of the Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders program. She is a proud member of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church where she faithfully gives her time and talent to the Youth, Young Adult, New Beginnings and Hospitality Ministries. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, City of Chattanooga- Mayor’s Council for Women, The Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement, H.E.R.B Foundation board member, Chattanooga 2.0 Early Matters Coalition and Expanding Success Action Teams; as well as other local civic organizations in Chattanooga.
Of all the titles, she holds in her life, Karitsa is most proud to be a devoted wife and daughter. She is married to the love of her life, Mr. William E. Jones and is the beloved daughter of Ms. Priscilla A. Ford and Mr. Lee Mosley, Jr.
Licensed Master Social Worker
Board Member- Hazel E. Robinson Bowles Foundation, Volunteer, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Stop the Madness National Inc. Summer Camp, Hamilton County Minority Health Fair , Berke for Mayor – Renew Chattanooga Campaign, Mayor Elect Berke Public Forum Small Group Facilitator
Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, Annual Girls Summit Committee 2009 – present
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, Co Chair Delta Academy/Delta GEMS 2006- 2012, Member, Greater Chattanooga Democratic Women’s Club, Member, Urban League Young Professionals
Advocated for Change in Board Policy 1.404 APPEARANCES BEFORE THE BOARD, which now allows community members to be able to sign up 30 minutes prior to the board meeting and request to speak before the board.
Advocated for and was successful in leading the movement to keep the 5 priority schools in Hamilton County from State Takeover or ASD placement
Advocated for the implementation of the Community schools model in HCDE schools, the pilot at Red Bank and 4 are scheduled to begin in the fall 2018.
Voted against the Superintendent Buyout proposal in 2016
Able to create and sustain relationships with community members/ leaders, local businesses. faith Based/non profit communities to support our local schools in D5 (CBL, private donors, Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement, D5 Churches, etc.)
Elected to serve as Vice Chair of HCDE Board, 2 consecutive terms 2016-2017, 2017- present
Voted for the expansion and renovations to be done at the upcoming Tyner Middle/High School as well as the others schools in HCDE that are to come
Voted for the new elementary school coming to D5
Able to get repairs done at woodmore elementary, hillcrest elementary
Able to get lighting renovations and parking lot repavement completed in the student parking/ stadium lot at Brainerd High School
Able to get men’s restrooms renovated and repaired at Brainerd High School football stadium
2018 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Gamma Iota Chapter Woman of Zeal Award Nominee
2017 Tennessee School Board Association Level 1 Boardsmanship Award
2017 Inductee – DeSTI Achievers Hall of Fame
2016 UTC Library Special Collections and Mayor’s Women Council – Chattanooga Women’s Oral Histories Project Interviewee
2015 Harvard Young Americans Leaders Program Inaugural Class
Associations and Memberships:
Member, City of Chattanooga Mayor’s Council for Women 2015- present
Member, Chattanooga 2.0 K-12 work group 2016
Member, Chattanooga 2.0 Expanding Success Action Team 2017- present
Member, Chattanooga 2.0 Early Matters Chattanooga Action Team 2017-present
Board Member, Hazel Elizabeth Robinson Bowles Foundation 2015- present
Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter
Member, Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement
Board Member, Jazzanooga
Member, Alabama A&M University Alumni Association, Chattanooga Chapter
Member, Mt Canaan Baptist Church