Melissa Jones has long been involved in progressive politics and media, the arts, business, and philanthropy. She began a career in broadcasting on commercial and independent radio in Houston, including service on the board of KPFT-FM Radio/Pacifica, and continued that career in Austin. She has worked for the League of Women Voters of the Austin Area and currently serves on the Steering Committee of Annie’s List. Her philanthropy has included participation on the boards of the Houston Endowment and SafePlace. She currently serves on the Settlement Club, Greenlights for Non-Profit Success, and the Texas Democracy Foundation boards. She also serves on the Blanton Museum Council, the Southwestern University Board of Visitors, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Advisory Council.