Who We Are

Pictured from left to right, John Delaney, Warren Jones, Matt Carlucci, Martha Barrett and Nat Glover Jr.

Duval Citizens for Better Schools is a citizen-based organization of people deeply concerned about the future of education in Duval County. We believe we owe children safe, secure and modern schools. Duval Citizens for Better Schools supports the passage of the half-penny for schools on Tuesday, November 3rd.

John Delaney

John Delaney served as mayor of Jacksonville from 1995 to 2003 and as the President of the University of North Florida from 2003-2018.

During his mayoral term, Delaney launched the Better Jacksonville Plan, a massive, billion-dollar package of projects for municipal improvements funded by a half-cent sales tax increase, as well as the Preservation Project, a series of land grants for parks. In 2003, he received the President’s Conservation Achievement Award from The Nature Conservancy for the Preservation Project.

Delaney was appointed President of the University of North Florida in 2003. During his tenure, the university saw a surge of building projects, including a new Student Union and other facilities. Under his leadership, the university launched an initiative to identify and strengthen its top “flagship” programs. He retired from UNF in May 2018. The university’s student union facility was renamed the John A. Delaney Student Union in his honor.

Delaney and his wife Gena, a graduate of Fletcher High School, reside in Neptune Beach. They have four children.

Warren Jones

Warren Jones, a former City Council President, is Chairman of the Duval County School Board. A 1969 graduate of Eugene J. Butler High School, Warren received his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Florida.

During his 28 years as a City Council Member, he served as a member or Chairman of various standing committees and special committees and was also elected as City Council President in 1991 and 1992. He supported education through partnering with community associations and the Duval County Public Schools to provide funding for swimming pools, walking trails, and playground equipment for various schools.

Jones served as a board member of JEA, and currently serves as a board member for OurJax, Visit Jacksonville, and Gateway Community Services. He previously served as a board member of the Museum of Science and History, Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, Northeast Florida Community Action Agency, Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Lackawanna Community Association, and Paxon Improvement Association.

He resides on the Westside with his wife Vanessa, a graduate of Andrew Jackson High School who retired from Duval County Public Schools. Their son Michael is a 2005 graduate of Wolfson High School.

Matt Carlucci

Matt Carlucci, a graduate of the University of North Florida, has served three terms on the Jacksonville City Council, including President in 2001-2002. In 2012, Matt was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Commission on Ethics from 2012 to 2017. He led efforts for the broadest reforms to strengthen ethic laws in the last 30 years in the State of Florida. He served as Chairman in 2016-2017.

Carlucci has been active in the Jacksonville community, serving as President of the Jacksonville Historical Society and the Jacksonville Police Council, as well as serving on the boards of Communities in Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Theatre Jax Board.

A Jacksonville native, he is a long-time resident of Jacksonville’s San Marco neighborhood, where he resides with his wife, Karen, of 41 years. The Carlucci’s have two grown sons, who both graduated from Jacksonville public schools.

Martha Barrett

Martha Barrett, senior vice president of Bank of America, is a former 12-year member of the Duval County School Board. First elected in 2000, Barrett served until 2008. She was elected to a third term 2009-2012.

Barrett, who has a master’s of education degree from Xavier College, was school board chair in 2004.

She served as former Mayor Jake Godbold’s director of communications from 1979-1987, an assistant to former U.S. Senator Richard Stone. She worked as a public information officer for the U.S. Fire Administration at the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Following her eight years with Godbold, Barrett became manager of business development for King Company, then served as a special assistant to the Chairman of the board of Independent Life Insurance Company.

Barrett currently is a member of several community boards, including the Jacksonville Symphony, Communities and Schools, Florida State College Foundation, University of North Florida Foundation and Florida House in Washington D.C.

Nat Glover Jr.

Nat Glover Jr. was Sheriff of Jacksonville from 1995–2003, after serving in the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office since 1966. He was the first African American elected sheriff in Florida since the end of Reconstruction.

Glover was born and attended public schools in Jacksonville. He graduated from Edward Waters College in 1966, where he was a starting linebacker and captain of the football team. Glover received a master’s degree from the University of North Florida. He also graduated from the 130th Session of the FBI National Academy.

After retiring from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Glover served on several boards and was hired as a special adviser by University of North Florida President John Delaney, the former Mayor of Jacksonville.

Glover joined the Edward Waters College Board of Trustees in 2008. In February 2011, he became college President. Glover retired in May 2018.

Glover graduated from New Stanton High School as did his wife Doris J. Bailey. Their two children graduated from Ribault High School.