Jennifer Jones, Creative Founder of Cosmopolitan Plated, is an Arlington, Virginia based business owner and thought leader who uses interactive cooking activities as metaphoric and experiential experiences to build and strengthen communities with diverse and inclusive perspectives. Through her company, Cosmopolitan Plated, she has provided and facilitated recreational and team-building classes to over 10,000 participants.
Jennifer studied Economics with a Business Management focus and Africana Studies (an interdisciplinary study of race, culture, psychology, history, and women’s studies) at Agnes Scott College, in Decatur, Georgia. With an appetite exploring and learning about cultural communities and inclusion, Jennifer began her career in Atlanta working with Fulton County Arts Council, and later as the Director of Cultural Events & Publicity at the esteemed Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, where she worked to diversify the representation of artists and programing offered to the greater Atlanta community, partnering with global companies like Coca-Cola to Home Depot to secure funding.
Her community and diversity work continued in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she worked with Greater Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Organization to organize and gain funding for the first school community gardens programs for Title 1 public schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Just before taking the leap fulltime into building Cosmopolitan Plated, and the Cosmopolitan Plated Cooking Community, Jennifer worked to develop collaboration opportunities and shelf diversity at Food Marketing Institute (FMI). Her work supported initiatives across the food chain, including retailers, producers, emerging brands, and women and minority owned food manufacturers.
Community and culture play an essential role in Jennifer’s perspective and approach to food. Currently, Jennifer develops cooking-based programming for companies based on leadership development and diversity and inclusion principles. Her goal is create an equitable setting across all levels and departments of the organization to allow all participants an equitable “seat at the table”.
Based in Washington, DC, Cosmopolitan Plated has partnered with Fortune 500’s, Non-profits, federal, state, and local agencies to open dialogue and nurture the potential for teams to work closer together and develop a more inclusive and productive environment.
Companies Who’ve Requested Jennifer Jones:
America Red Cross National Office, Washington, D.C.
Appian Corporation, McClean, VA
Clark Construction, National
Equity Residential, Washington, D.C./ New York
Friendship Place, Washington DC
Fox 5 News, Good Day DC – Washington, DC
Georgia Institute of Technology, Division of Student Life
TRUTH Initiative Headquarters
Executive Director , Robin Koval and Team
Unnamed, a global social media Institution Office of Policy, Washington, D.C.
Venable, LLP – Washington, DC + Northern Virginia
WJLA Channel 7 Good Day Washington
WMATA (Metro), Washington, DC
World Bank, Washington DC