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The Columbia (SC) Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. is pleased to announce the election of Ms. Jona’ L. Hodges as chapter president. Having served as a member of the Columbia (SC) Chapter since its inception in 2012, Jona’ has served in many leadership roles within the organization. She has most recently served as 3rd Vice President of Membership and Chapter Development where she passionately worked to recruit, grow and retain outstanding members of the organization. She has also served two terms as Nominating Committee Chairperson and co-chair of “My Sister’s Keeper Annual Scholarship Luncheon,” the chapter’s signature event where more than $10,000.00 annually have been awarded in scholarships to deserving high school students of the midlands.
Jona’ is an alumna of South Carolina State University. She has served the residents of the midlands for many years as a former award-winning realtor and insurance agency owner. Jona’ is presently employed as office manager of The Law Firm of Carl B. Grant, P.A.. She is also a member of Brookland Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina, where she serves as a member of the Senior Ushers Ministry. Additionally, Jona’ is a member of The Junior League of Columbia, where she serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She also serves as a Guardian ad Litem for Richland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and South Carolina Department of Aging-Vulnerable Adult Program. Having a heart to help others, Jona’ serves her community as a member of the National Association of University Women, Greater Columbia Chapter of SCSU National Alumni Association, and South Carolina Capital Unit Parliamentarians. She is a native of the South Carolina Lowcountry and the proud mother of two sons. Humbled by her coalition sisters’ entrustment of her ability to lead the Columbia (SC) Chapter during this time of social change, she is dedicated to continue the legacy established by her esteemed predecessor, Ms. Mary Miller McClellan.
The Columbia (SC) Chapter, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was chartered by the New York Corporate Office of the NC100BW, Inc. in March 2014. Currently, it is comprised of 57 professional women of the midlands who serve as dedicated members of NCBW.
It is the only chapter of NCBW in the state of South Carolina, and has served the midlands for more than six years. Through advocacy, members work as agents to influence policy that promotes gender equity in health, education and economic empowerment. The Columbia (SC) Chapter strives to fulfill its vision of seeing black women and girls living in a world where socio-economic inequity does not exist.