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Public relations and fund raising executive

Gilbert Jonas, American public relations and fund raising executive. Recipient Annual Freedom award Mississippi National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1970, Annual Humanitarian award Manhattan National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1989, Non-Fiction Onyx award African-American Academy Arts and Letters, 2004.

Background

Jonas, Gilbert was born on July 22, 1930 in Brooklyn. Son of Harry and Mitzi (Rosenstein) Jonas.

Education

Bachelor, Stanford University, 1951. Graduate certified Chinese studies Columbia University, 1953, Master of Arts in International Affairs, 1955;m. Barbara L. Selby, September 1953 (division November 1961).

Career

M.P. Joyce Theise, December 27, 1964. Children: Jillian, Stephanie. Public relations counsel African Independence movements and East Asian goverments, 1955-1967.

Executive secretary American Friends of Vietnam, New York City, 1956-1957. Vice president Harold L. Oram Inc., New York City, 1958-1961. Executive secretary American Medical Center for Burma, New York City, 1959-1961.

Far East consultant, acting director Far East, Peace Corps, Washington, 1961. President, owner Gilbert Jonas Company, Inc., New York City, 1962.Dir. public information New York Youth for Stevenson, 1956. Member Executive Committee New York.Com. for Democratic Voters, 1959-1962.

President Reform Indiana Democratic of New York, 1958-1959. Member civil rights staff National Citizens for Kennedy-Johnson, 1960. Development counsel National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1965-1995, member Executive Committee Mid-Manhattan branch, 1997, life member.

Member steering committee New York Citizens for Humphrey-Muskie, 1968. National coordinator Charles Evers for Governor Mississippi, 1971. Co-founder New York City Reform Movement, Democratic party, 1958-1963.

Board directors American Committee on Africa, 1955-1959, League Industrial Democracy, 1972-1991, Harlem Youth Development Foundation, 1998. National coordinator Holy Land Conservation Fund, 1977-1982. Consultant International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1996-1997, Chinese Dissidents including Human Rights in China.

Founding board member, treasurer The Wei Jingsheng Found, 1998. With United States Army, 1953-1955.

Membership

Director public information New York Youth for Stevenson, 1956. Member executive committee New York Committee for Democratic Voters, 1959-1962. President Reform Indiana Democratic of New York, 1958-1959.

Member civil rights staff National Citizens for Kennedy-Johnson, 1960. Development and public relations counsel National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, 1965-1995, member executive committee Mid-Manhattan branch, 1997-2000, life member. Member steering committee New York Citizens for Humphrey-Muskie, 1968.

National coordinator Biracial Democrats Mississippi Democratic Convention, 1968, Charles Evers for Governor Mississippi, 1971. Co-founder New York City Reform Movement, Democratic party, 1958-1963. Board directors American Committee on Africa, 1955-1959, League Industrial Democracy, 1972-1991, Harlem Youth Development Foundation, 1998—2002.

National coordinator Holy Land Conservation Fund, 1977-1982. Consultant International Civil Rights Center and Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina, 1996-1997, Chinese Dissidents. Founding board member, treasurer The Wei Jingsheng Foundation, 1998-2002.

Chairman World Federalist Association Greater Metro New York, 2001-2002. Member national board World Federalist Association, 2002-2004. Member council World Federalist Movement, 2001-2003.

With United States Army, 1953-1955. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi.

Connections

Married Barbara L. Selby, September 1953 (divorced November 1961). 1 child, Susan; married P. Joyce Theise, December 27, 1964. Children: Jillian, Stephanie.

father:
Harry Jonas

mother:
Mitzi (Rosenstein) Jonas

spouse:
P. Joyce Theise

spouse:
Barbara L. Selby

child:
Stephanie Jonas

child:
Susan Jonas

child:
Jillian Jonas