Rashida-Jones-350x260With her versatility in both comedic and dramatic roles, and her growing presence in Hollywood as a screenwriter and producer, Rashida Jones has established herself as one of the industry’s brightest stars. Born in Los Angeles to Quincy Jones, a musician, and Peggy Lipton, an actress, Ms. Jones attended high school in California, then went on to graduate college from Harvard University, where she appeared in several plays. She has since racked up a number of television and film credits, most notably in NBC’s acclaimed show “Parks and Recreation.” _

Ms. Jones is also an active producer and writer. Along with her writing partner, fellow actor Will McCormack, Ms. Jones signed their first TV pod deal in early 2013 through their newly founded production company Le Train Train. This two-year pact with Warner Bros. Television will see the two develop, write and produce comedy and drama projects for broadcast and cable. “Celeste and Jesse Forever,” which Ms. Jones co-penned with Mr. McCormack, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and garnered them a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award for “Best First Screenplay.” _

As an advocate for the International Rescue Committee, Ms. Jones also raises awareness about the humanitarian needs of refugees and others uprooted by global crises. Additionally, she is on the board of Peace First, an organization dedicated to non-violence through cooperation, communication and problem-solving education. _

Ms. Jones has adopted Barton Elementary, a Turnaround Arts school in San Bernardino, CA.

“I was lucky enough to grow up with music in my home and my school. It is still an enormous part of my life. People tend to think of music programs in public schools as an elective, something easily disposed of. But the truth is music is essential and primordial to our humanity. Music can create an emotional, psychological, and eventual professional outlet for so many young people.”