Brent Jonas has been hired as the first COO of Sustain SC, an economic development organization dedicated to connecting the sustainability goals of businesses around the state with local solutions for the benefit of the economy, environment and residents.
Jonas, who started work today, is an experienced economic development strategist who most recently was director of stakeholder relations for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, according to a news release.
“We are thrilled to have Brent join our team and take on this new role,” said Ethel Bunch, president and CEO of Sustain SC. “It marks a new chapter for Sustain SC. Brent’s diverse background will play a major part in our continued efforts by growing our membership and providing sustainability support to our new and existing stakeholders.”
Jonas has nearly 30 years in the public and private sectors with experience in real estate, health and insurance and finance. He served as director of the S.C. Board of Long Term Health Care Administrators, was a budget analyst for the S.C. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee, and was special assistant to the president of Trident Technical College.
“I’m grateful to start a new chapter in my career and take on this new challenge,” Jonas said. “This position is a perfect fit, fusing my passion for economic developments, sustainability and strengthening relationships.”
Jonas holds a political science degree from Presbyterian College and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Carolina.