The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences

Class of 2019 First-Year Fellow: Io Jones

Io Jones ’19 is studying Geography, Government, and Public Policy and is from Brooklyn, New York. 

First-Year Fellows Io Jones '19 and Tara Burchmore '19 with Rockefeller Center Director Andrew Samwick at an Alumni Reception in Washington, D.C. Photo by Laurie DeWitt. 

Article Type 

Maitland Lilja Io Jones ’19 grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and is studying Geography, Government, and Public Policy at Dartmouth College.

This past summer Io worked in the Office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand '88 as an intern in the legislative office, where the work focused on both constituent services and legislative policy projects.

A long-term project she worked on involved going through a 420 page GMO Report published by the National Academy of Sciences, looking for how conflicts of interest may have affected how data is presented. Io also did research on two additionally interesting but unrelated topics: the possible health concerns associated with genetically engineered food and policing and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I really enjoyed the range of assignments I got to work on and the balance between legislative work and interacting with New York constituents.”

On campus, Io serves as the co-president of Dartmouth Planned Parenthood Generation Action, a campus organization that furthers the mission of the political action side of Planned Parenthood. She is also involved in on-campus programs that focus on welcoming first-year students, including Dimensions and the Trips program. 

She also works as an on-campus tutor in Geography and Government and has worked as a teaching assistant at the Childcare Center in Norwich, Vermont.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences