Nicole S. Jones

Associate Director of Strategic Planning and Operations, Center for Forensic Science

Nicole McCleary Jones


  • MS, Criminal Justice Administration - Forensic Science Administration, Loyola University, New Orleans
  • BS, Forensic Chemistry, Ohio University

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Nicole Jones has more than 20 years of experience in chemical analysis, business development and proposal writing, quality systems management, and quality assurance (QA), including 10 years of experience working with the National Laboratory Certification Program (NLCP). She has served as the Program Coordinator for the Center of Forensic Sciences and as a Project Manager of two cooperative agreements under the Department of Justice, the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Forensic Science Technology Center of Excellence and the Bureau of Justice Assistance Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Cooperative Agreement.   She is responsible for executing CFS-supported U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant activities, including technology evaluation, technology assistance, and technology transfer. As an expert in forensic science policy, she serves as a liaison between state, local, and federal law enforcement; NIJ; and the research community. She has also served as the Task Leader and liaison for multiple NIJ Technology Working Groups. 

Ms. Jones joined RTI in 2003. Previously, she was QA officer and lead auditor at General Engineering Laboratories in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors and the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and a former member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Forensic Scientists, American Society of Testing Materials Subcommittee E30 – Forensic Science, International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, International Association of Forensic Toxicologists, and Society of Forensic Toxicologists.