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Thomas W. Jones is founder and senior partner of venture capital investment firm TWJ Capital LLC since 2005.  Mr. Jones previously was chief executive officer of Global Investment Management at Citigroup (1997-2005); vice chairman, president and chief operating officer at TIAA-CREF (1993-1997), and executive vice president and chief financial officer at TIAA-CREF (1989-1993); and senior vice president and treasurer and other positions at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company (1982-1989).  Mr. Jones began his career in public accounting and management consulting at Arthur Young & Company (predecessor firm to Ernst & Young) in 1974.  Mr. Jones is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), and has received the Board Governance Fellow designation from the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).


Mr. Jones is a member of the corporate boards of directors of Assured Guaranty Ltd. and Jefferies Financial Group; and served previously on the boards of Altria Group, Freddie Mac (Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp), Traveler’s Group, TIAA-CREF, Fox Entertainment Group, Pepsi Bottling Group, Thomas & Betts Corp, Eastern Enterprises, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York (former vice chairman).  Mr. Jones has served on the nonprofit boards of trustees of Cornell University, Children’s Hospital Medical Center (Boston), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Ballet Company, PBS WNET Channel Thirteen (New York), and Brookings Institution.  

Mr. Jones received Bachelor of Arts (1969) and Masters of Science (1972) degrees from Cornell University, and a Masters of Business Administration (1978) degree from Boston University.  He also has been awarded honorary doctoral degrees by Howard University, Pepperdine University, and College of New Rochelle.  Mr. Jones is trustee emeritus of Cornell University, recipient of the Frank H.T. Rhodes Exemplary Alumni Service Award from Cornell University, and has been elected Presidential Councillor by the Cornell University board of trustees.  Mr. Jones is the author of “From Willard Straight to Wall Street:  A Memoir,” published by Cornell University Press in 2019, and winner of the 2020 Axiom Business Books Awards Bronze Medal in the memoir/biography category.

Award Winning Memoir

"From Willard Straight to Wall Street"