President & CEO
Kathlyn Mead is President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, one of the largest community foundations in California and the nation. Since 2014, she has led the mobilization of resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement through effective, responsible and innovative philanthropy throughout the vibrant San Diego region.
Throughout her career, Mead has been deeply committed to nonprofit service engaging in and facilitating measurable community impact. Charles R. Drew University recognized her commitment to community service by awarding her their 2011 Medal of Honor. Mead was named a 2008 Woman of Distinction by the University of Southern California, received San Diego’s 2004 KGTV-10 News Organizational Leadership Award, and is also a recipient of the YWCA of San Diego Tribute to Women & Industry Award.
Prior to joining The San Diego Foundation, Mead was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The California Endowment. An established leader within diverse health related sectors, she also previously served as President and CEO, San Diego Council of Community Clinics. As Vice President, CalPERS Sector for Blue Shield of California, Mead developed cost effective, quality health care networks and products for California’s largest purchaser of health benefits. As President and CEO for Sharp Health Plan, her leadership resulted in exceptional growth as well as development of an award winning public/private, 3-share insurance product (FOCUS). Mead was Vice President, Managed Care, at Children’s Hospital San Diego, and held management positions with MetLife Healthcare Network of Colorado and Blue Cross of California.
In addition to Mead’s leadership role at The San Diego Foundation, current community engagement includes volunteering as Board Member for the 22nd District Agricultural Association/Del Mar Fairgrounds, The San Diego Symphony Foundation and the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation. Mead also volunteers as Board Trustee for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. She previously served on the Boards of HealthCorps, The Kitchen Community, the California Association of Health Plans, Consumer Center for Health, Education, and Advocacy, Community Health Improvement Partners, San Diego Urban League, and Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP).
Mead earned an MBA from the University of Southern California and attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado.