Maurice  Jones

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – One of Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s top aides is leaving for a new job. McAuliffe’s office announced Thursday that Virginia Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones had accepted a position as CEO of a New York-based nonprofit that aims to help distressed communities.Economic development has been a top priority for McAuliffe and Jones has accompanied the governor on multiple trade missions abroad.Before joining the McAuliffe administration, Jones worked as deputy secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He also worked as publisher of the Virginian-Pilot newspaper and deputy chief of staff to former Gov. Mark Warner.Jones plans to start at Local Initiatives Support Corporation in September.