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Dec 2012Present

President and Chief Executive Officer

Doorways Interfaith AIDS Housing and Services

Opal Jones became President and Chief Executive Officer of DOORWAYS in December 2012. DOORWAYS, an interfaith non-profit organization that provides housing and related supportive services to people living with HIV/AIDS, assists more than 2,300 individuals annually in 132 counties in Missouri and Illinois. As the lead executive, Opal overseas this $9 million organization that includes four housing programs and a 24-hour residential care facility where some of the sickest people living with AIDS reside in Missouri. Prior to her tenure as President and CEO, Opal served as Director of DOORWAYS’ residential programs for four years. In November of 2013, Opal joined the National AIDS Housing Coalition board of directors in Washington D.C., where she meets with other national leaders, legislators and government officials about HIV/AIDS policies. In November of 2014, Opal was asked to serve as Vice President. Opal serves on the Missouri Housing Trust Fund Advisory Committee which advises Missouri Housing Development Commission staff on rules and regulations of Missouri Housing Trust Fund. Opal completed the Coro Women in Leadership program through Focus St. Louis in 2012, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Management and Organizational Behavior from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, which she obtained in 2000. Opal’s tenure as president and CEO at DOORWAYS has been marked by numerous recognitions including the University of Missouri - St. Louis’ Distinguished Alumni award in September of 2013 – the University’s highest honor bestowed on alumni, and the St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 award, in February of 2014, for her impact in the St. Louis business community. In September of 2013, Opal was invited to join the St. Louis Forum, an organization of more than 260 executive and professional women in St. Louis who have distinguished themselves through significant achievement in their field and contributions to the local community.

Mar 2009Dec 2012

Director of Residential Programs

Doorways Interfaith AIDS Housing and Services
Oversaw operations and management of seven residential buildings with a combined 103 units at six sites in the City of Saint Louis. In addition, she directed two Supportive Housing Programs (SHPs) including an eleven unit project for homeless individuals, and an 18 unit scattered-site program for homeless families, all while managing a budget of over 1.2 million dollars.
Jun 2008Mar 2009

Office Manager

Doorways Interfaith AIDS Housing and Services



Bachelor of Science (BS)

University of Missouri - St. Louis

Management and Organizational Behavior, Minor in Psychology


St. Louis Business Journal's "40 Under 40" (February 2014)
UMSL Distinguished Alumni Award (2013)


North American Housing & HIV/AIDS Summit – Co-Facilitator of the 2018 Policy Learning Institute 
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch/U.S. Trust Courageous Conversation - Panel Presenter - May 2018
Professional Assoc. of Social Workers in HIV/AIDS - Co-Presenter "Housing is Healthcare: Linking Stable Housing & Medical Adherence"
North American Housing & HIV/AIDS Summit – Moderator 2015 Plenary Session “Intimate Partner Violence, Impact and   Interventions”
Baltimore Ryan White & HOPWA Annual Grantees Meeting - Presenter 2015 "HOPWA: Housing Stability"
National AIDS Housing Coalition - Washington DC Congressional Briefing Presenter
United States Conference on AIDS - Presenter 2014 "HOPWA - Wait List Be Gone"


Coro Women of Leadership
National AIDS Housing Coalition - President 
Regional Health Commission Advisory Board
Eagle Bank Advisory Board




Designing Programs to Achieve Results

The Grantsmanship Center

November 16-17, 2016


Board Engagement

Arts Leadership and Management Academy

What Do You Know About Diversity?

The Diversity Awareness Partnership

Mental Health First Aid

Missouri Department of Mental Health

Missouri Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Conference

The University of Missouri

Managing HUD Compliance

Compliance Solutions