We Believe in Bold Change. We Believe in Transparency.

Musician – Social Justice Advocate – And Educator

Calida Jones’s Story

Calida N. Jones is an accomplished musician, social justice advocate, and educator with more than 25 years of experience in performance planning, workshop and curriculum development, volunteerism, project management, and teaching in private and public institutions. Working with arts and cultural organizations across the nation, she has led efforts to advance equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Passionate about intentional, purposeful teaching and community engagement, her mission is to ensure that children with limited resources have access to musical opportunities and activities. She is also deeply committed to correlating the art of teaching to life skills and community building through the lenses of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.

Vision Statement

CNJ Associates believes that positive change begins with dialogue and can be enhanced with action plans, tools, and resources that are designed specifically for a community your company or organization impacts.

Our Services


CNJ Associates works holistically across all levels of an organization to operationalize core Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access concepts.


CNJ Associates will assist organizations in curating toolkits to be used by staff, board members, and advisory committees.


CNJ Associates works to understand each organizations’ needs and develops a organic approach to strategic alignment, board development, and organizational capacity, and culture.

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