Peter Lawson Jones is an attorney, business consultant, professional actor, voice-over artist and public speaker. He is a graduate of Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude in Government) and Harvard Law School.
Jones, a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, has appeared in over twenty films as well as on network television. Among his sixty-plus acting credits are “White Boy Rick,” “Alex Cross” and ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7.” He has performed in plays at numerous venues throughout Northeast Ohio and in staged readings Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane and the Ensemble Studio theatres. His drama, “The Family Line,” has been successfully produced at Karamu Performing Arts Theatre, Harvard University and Ohio State University and has received staged readings at several other venues. His most recent play, "The Bloodless Jungle," has enjoyed two full productions at Ensemble Theatre in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and has recently received staged readings in Washington, D.C. (John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 2016 Page to Stage New Play Festival), at the Dallas Convention Center (Black Academy for Arts and Letters Playwright's Spotlight Series), at the 2017 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and in Harlem.
Jones is a co-executive producer of “Fatherhood 101,” a documentary on the critical importance of responsible fatherhood. In his capacity as a business consultant, he works in the areas of government relations, community engagement, event planning, fundraising and fatherhood programming.
From February 2002, through December 2010, Jones served as a member of the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners and for three of those years as its president. Jones previously served two and one-half terms in the Ohio House of Representatives, where he was the ranking member of the House Finance and Appropriations Committee and second vice president of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus.
Jones was formerly the Vice Mayor and a Councilman in the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio. He was also the first African-American ever nominated to run for lieutenant governor in the history of the state of Ohio. In addition, he previously served as special counsel for the Ohio attorney general and associate bar examiner for the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Jones has received over fifty awards and honors for his governmental, civic and political work. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Politics and Among Black Americans. An inductee into the Shaker Heights (High School) Alumni Association Hall of Fame, he has also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters from David N. Myers University.
In his leisure time, Jones enjoys sports, reading and travel. Jones and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of three children: Ryan, Leah and Evan.
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