Chardaé Jones is from Braddock, PA and grew up in The Braddock Library where she received her library card before she could scribble her name. In 2011, she received her BA in Professional Writing from Carlow University where she discovered her passion for serving her community. While there, she raised awareness about homelessness, coordinated toy drives, and mentored local Carrick students through Carlow's Youth Media Advocacy Program.
Since graduating Chardae has volunteered with AmeriCorps mentoring teens in Braddock where she aided in the creation of a 2014 summer lunch program tied to a local job readiness program for teens. As an advocate for people in her community, she's mentored kids at the Downtown Carnegie Library as she knows that books are the very thing that inspired her to become a writer. She's chaired the local Nation Council for Negro Women Luncheon to aide in bridging the communication gap between the younger women and older women in the community.
Recently Jones realized that volunteerism and politics weren't that separate. As Braddock's current mayor she hopes to inspire, inform, and energize young adults to step up and help create a new identity for their community. She aims to create an open line of communication between community, public safety, and council.