Blacks In Government ®

National President 

Honorable Dr. Doris Sartor

                                                     The Honorable Shirley A. Jones, Esq.
                                                                         National President
                                                                 Blacks In Government®, Inc. 

Shirley Jones is a Senior Executive Service (SES) Member at the U. S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As the first African American female in the agency’s history to be appointed to the position of Managing Associate General Counsel, within GAO’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) she has management and leadership responsibility for three of the office’s legal teams focused on budget and appropriations law and congressional oversight. Ms. Jones is also a certified leadership and diversity and inclusion trainer on GAO’s adjunct faculty. For over 20 years she also taught accounting and tax law classes part time at the law school and undergraduate level.

Within the national organization of Blacks In Government (BIG), Ms. Jones assumed the position of BIG National President on January 1, 2021, after having served as National Executive Vice President for three years, and previously as Region XI Council President, National Legal Review Committee Chair, and GAO-USACE Chapter President, amongst several other positions. Believing strongly in BIG’s mission of advocating for equal employment opportunity and a level playing field, Ms. Jones considers herself both an employee advocate and a career development trainer.

In her advocacy role, Ms. Jones has twice had the opportunity to testify before Congress on the lack of diversity in the government's Senior Executive Service (SES) and the impact of pay for performance on employee morale. And, while serving as BIG's National Legal Review Committee Chair, she worked with rebuilding BIG's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Institute and in 2009 developed recommendations and wrote the first EEO advocacy paper sent to Congress from BIG since the mid '90s. In addition to radio and television appearances, Ms. Jones previously co-hosted the BIG Experience radio show on Radio One. As a career development trainer for many years, Ms. Jones has presented at BIG’s National Training Institute (NTI) and Regional Training Conferences (RTC) teaching courses on effective communication skills, political activities of government employees, and developments in EEO law. Ms. Jones frequently speaks in the DC area, addressing a variety of topics related to leadership and empowerment. She has also written Op-Ed pieces for the historic AFRO newspaper, HBCU Connect, and other publications. She is currently a featured contributor for GovLoop.

Ms. Jones graduated magna cum laude from Spelman College with a Political Science degree. She received her law (J.D.) and Masters of Laws (LLM) in Taxation degrees from Georgetown University. In addition to BIG, Ms. Jones is currently a member of several nonprofit organizations, including the African American Federal Executives Association (AAFEA) and Federally Employed Women (FEW). Ms. Jones also serves on the Board of the Ernest Everett Just Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging STEM education. Originally from Birmingham, AL, she lives in Fort Washington, MD.

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                  National Organization of Blacks In Government® Past National Presidents

  • Honorable Dr. Doris P. Sartor
  • Honorable Ms. Darlene H. Young
  • Honorable Mr. J. David Reeves
  • Honorable Ms. Darlene H. Young
  • Honorable Mr. Gregg Reeves
  • Honorable Mr. Gerald R. Reed
  • Honorable Mr. Oscar Eason, Jr. *
  • Mr. Marion Bowden *
  • Honorable Ms. Rubye Fields *
  • Mr. James Rogers
  • Ms. Mildred Goodman
  • Mr. Thomas Jenkins
  • Mr. Lonis Ballard *
  • Honorable Ms. Ramona McCarthy***
**Never elected as National President, but served as the first President of the first charted chapter of BIG
                                    Blacks In Government Past National Presidents 
                                                                        1989 - 2016
                                                                                                                                                                       Former BIG Presidents 2010

         Honorable Mr. J. David Reeves (On the Podium) Honorable Ms. Darlene H. Young,   
         Honorable Mr. Gregg Reeves, 
Honorable Mr. Oscar Eason, Jr., Honorable Ms. Rubye Fields,             
         Honorable Ms. Ramona McCarthy,
and Honorable Mr. Gerald R. Reed.

            (Picture taken at the Blacks In Government National Training Confeence  - 2010)


Dr. Doris P. Sartor was elected as the 2017-2018 National President of Blacks In Government, Inc. The mission of Blacks In Government, commonly called BIG, is to promote equity, excellence and opportunity through training and education for African Americans in local, state, and federal governments and provide opportunities for members/employees to have the ability to maximize their career opportunities and provide a mechanism for inclusion, growth and advocacy. Dr. Doris Sartor previously served the organization as a member of the National Board of Directors; National Executive Vice President; Region IV Council President; National Corporate Sponsorship Chair; and Chair of Program and Planning. She is a Gold Life Plus member of Blacks In Government and totally committed to its goals and objectives.


Dr. Doris P. Sartor is currently employed at Maxwell Air Force Base in the Civilian Associate Degree program. Her expertise is in curriculum design and development. Dr. Sartor has planned and developed numerous courses such as the GS-15 Leadership Seminar; Sexual Assault Coordinators Course; Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Victim Advocates Course; EO Directors Course and Advanced and Basic Mediation courses.


Dr. Doris P. Sartor has coordinated and conducted Racism and Disparate Treatment Forums throughout the country in various government agencies.  Forums allowed individuals to discuss charges of racist, disparate and inappropriate behavior toward them as minorities in the workplace. Forum results were analyzed and recommendations were provided to agencies to proactively address problem areas.  Dr. Sartor has coordinated forums and participated in meeting with agency heads agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District; Fort Benning, Georgia; and VA Medical Center, Fayetteville, North Carolina.


Dr. Sartor was also the project manager for the following publications:

·        Voter Plan of Action,

·        Report on Discrimination and Solution Summit,

·         Racism and Disparate Treatment in the Public Sector, and

·         Affirmative Action and Beyond.


As a Quality Advisor at Maxwell Air Force Base, Dr. Doris P. Sartor analyzed organizational continuous improvement operations and procedures.  She also performed consultant duties that included planning, evaluation, and maintaining quality principles in day-to-day operations; conducted research into quality phenomena using statistical and other scientific methods; and facilitated strategic planning efforts.


During her career, Dr. Doris P. Sartor received many awards inside and outside of her field, inclusive of: the NAACP Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award; Blacks In Government Distinguished Service Hall of Fame; Exemplary Civilian Service Award; Distinguished Service Award; and twice received the Federal Employee of the Year Award.  In 2016, Dr. Sartor was recognized as one of five “Best of the Best” within Air University, by Lt Gen Roberson, AETC commander.


As a seasoned leader, Dr. Doris Sartor has always asked, “What needs to be done? and focused on “What can and should I do to make a difference.”  She believes that leadership is making “That” difference, creating positive change, and getting things done.”