In 2000, she guest starred as Karen Scarfolli on Freaks and Geeks before landing the role of Louisa Fenn on Boston Public.
In 2004, she was cast in Strip Search, an HBO film directed by Sidney Lumet, but her scenes were cut from the final broadcast version. Rachel Keyes in Little Black Book and starred as Edie Miller in British drama series NY-LON.
In 2005, Jones played Karen in the Stella pilot on Comedy Central and special government agent Carla Merced in the TNT police drama Wanted.
"Funny is important," she told Piers Morgan in 2011 of her ideal mate. He has to make me laugh." PHOTOS: Hot hookups The star -- who has said in the past that she isn't a fan of the idea of marriage -- has previously been linked with Mark Ronson, John Krasinski, and Jon Favreau.
"I’m no better at break-ups," she told Movieline last year of her track record.
Although she had a minor supporting role in the series, film opportunities quickly surfaced.
She had a small role in Full Frontal, directed by Steven Soderbergh, and starred in Now You Know, written and directed by Kevin Smith regular Jeff Anderson.
Jones' parents divorced when she was 14 years old; her sister subsequently remained with their father, while Rashida moved with their mother to Brentwood.
In 1994, Jones garnered attention with an open letter responding to scathing remarks made by rapper Tupac Shakur about her parents' interracial marriage.
Jones was involved with theatre at Buckley, with tutelage from acting teacher Tim Hillman.
She went to the same school as socialites Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, and Kim Kardashian.
The "Parks and Recreation" star, 37, is dating "Saturday Night Live" writer Colin Jost, 31.