LITTLE ROCK, AR – Democratic candidate for Arkansas Governor, Chris Jones, has tapped Think Rubix, a social innovation consultancy led by veteran political operatives Tristan Wilkerson and DeJuana Thompson, to expand his campaign efforts across the state.
Wilkerson is an experienced policy professional and entrepreneur. As a former Congressional staffer and aide, he served as a political director to Bernie Sanders 2016 and special advisor to Democratic Super PAC Priorities USA. Wilkerson boasts Arkansas roots where he graduated from the historic Little Rock Central High before going on to earn his MBA.
Thompson is a seasoned political strategist — former National Director for Community Engagement at the Democratic National Committee and creator of Woke Vote. She appears as a regular contributor to MSNBC and CNN on race, politics, and community engagement strategies. She’s a graduate of Berea College and George Washington University.
Think Rubix recently brought on Rhonna-Rose Akama-Makia as Director of their public affairs-based Engagement Studio. Akama-Makia is the former Joyce Elliott for Congress Campaign Manager (2020), which broke records for campaign fundraising across the state. The firm will support outreach and day-to-day campaign management and operations led by Akama-Makia.
“Among many factors, there is one thing that stands out about Dr. Jones’ historic bid for Governor that is also true at Think Rubix – for both, we are all-in on Arkansas. Our work at Think Rubix is rooted in connecting with people. And we look forward to working in every county, across political ideology, to accomplish Dr. Jones’ goal of building a place that Arkansans will be all-the-more proud to call home,” said Managing Principal Tristan Wilkerson.
“I wanted to be intentional with what looks like and represents me and the goal of the campaign,” said Dr. Chris Jones. “Think Rubix is a national company with a local approach. With their combined experiences, they are able to tailor best practices to individuals like myself.”
ABOUT DR. CHRIS JONES
Dr. Chris Jones grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A son of two preachers, Chris was raised with a strong sense of faith. He graduated from Watson Chapel High School and attended Morehouse College on a NASA Scholarship for physics and math. He then went on to study at MIT, becoming a nuclear engineer and earning a Ph.D. in urban planning. After becoming ordained as a minister, Chris returned home to Arkansas and led the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. Through this work, he has seen firsthand how disparities within Arkansas have gotten worse, not better. He believes there is much room for growth, including improving public education opportunities in every community, strengthening infrastructure from roads to broadband access, protecting and securing our right to vote, and bridging the rural and urban divide. Chris has faith in Arkansas’ potential, and he is running for governor to ensure every person in Arkansas has an opportunity to succeed
ABOUT THINK RUBIX:
Think Rubix is a social innovation consultancy that helps entrepreneurs, leaders and decision-makers harness the transformative power of culture through crafting a brand’s identity, messaging and strategic appeal to their target audiences. Founded in February 2017, Think Rubix has led a number of both local and national campaigns — driven by change, and tailored specifically for clients in the fields of education, government and technology. To learn more about Think Rubix, please visit their website www.thinkrubix.com.
Contact: Media Team – Chris Jones for Governor
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