A vibrant and creative professional, Consultant Manna K. Jones brings to Lindauer and our clients nearly 10 years experience in driving Talent Acquisition strategy within tech, business, and non-profit organizations. Highly skilled in transforming systems and processes, she continues to shape her legacy around building People & Culture solutions that greatly impact organizational change and progress.
A champion of urban education reform, Manna’s career has taken her from Grants Management at the Florida Department of Education to her own K-8 General Music classroom. During her tenure as a K-8 General Music teacher at Oakwood Adventist Academy in Huntsville, AL, she developed a cross-curricular approach to teaching music which reinforced skills and concepts in Math and Reading.
Manna’s transition to recruitment and hiring began upon landing a role at one of the top non-profit ed reform organizations – The New Teacher Project (TNTP) where she ensured that the highest-need schools in Metro Nashville were fully staffed for each academic year. She expanded her hiring portfolio to bring professionals from multiple industries into the ed reform space at The Achievement Network and Blueprint Schools. As National Diversity Recruiter at Educators for Excellence, in addition to scaling talent strategy, Manna deepened her influence by becoming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion culture leader. She led working groups for revamping company messaging and communications – more inclusive job descriptions, EEO statement, DEI core values – was appointed to the Diversity Council, facilitated DEI learning sessions, and crafted content for on-demand anti-bias training organization wide.
When Manna was brought to Google as Program Manager, DEI for Search, she partnered with cross-functional teams to deliver on first-ever initiatives to build diversity-specific business engagement. This included creating innovative tools to stoke and track leadership involvement, operationalizing programs within the newly formed women’s employee resource group, designing underrepresented talent attraction events, and ushering the business mentorship program from pilot stage to full implementation.
Often describing herself as a recruiter by day, opera singer by night, Manna has performed at Carnegie Hall, on opera stages in Italy and under the lights of Broadway. Her distinguished honors include awards from the National Society of Arts and Letters, the Metropolitan Opera National Council, and the American Prize in Opera. Although she enjoys performing well-known soprano roles like Cio-Cio San in Madama Butterfly or Micaëla in Carmen, she has become a specialist in her portrayals of major women figures in Black history such as Essie Robeson, wife of the legendary Paul Robeson.
Manna holds a B.A. in Creative Writing and Voice Performance from Florida State University.