Loyola University Chicago

Baumhart Center

Housed in the Loyola Business Leadership Hub

Kirstin L. Jones - Baumhart Scholar


Kirstin L. Jones serves as a Finance Analyst for the Obama Foundation. In her position, Kirstin directly supports the Chief Financial Officer in the overall financial leadership of the Foundation. She also supports the Foundation’s business diversity efforts and utilizes her strong operations and project management skills to help deliver on the Foundation’s mission to inspire, empower and connect people to change their world, starting on the South Side of Chicago.

Kirstin previously served as an Obama Administration Political Appointee at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and was an Associate in the White House Presidential Personnel Office. At SBA, she was the Special Assistant to SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet, a member of President Obama’s Cabinet. In her role, Kirstin traveled across the country advocating for small business owners and entrepreneurs who represent the spirit that has always driven our nation forward. Before relocating to Chicago, Kirstin was the Scheduler to Congressman Donald S. Beyer, Jr. (VA-08) and prior to that she aided the COO/CFO of RLJ Lodging Trust, a publicly traded hotel REIT founded by Bob Johnson.

Outside of her normal work responsibilities, Kirstin leads the Obama Foundation Internship Program and the Black Women’s Affinity Group. She is also a Board Member for DanceWorks Chicago. Kirstin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University.