July 15, 2014 – San Diego, CA – The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors today announced that former Chief Operating Officer of The California Endowment Kathlyn Mead has been selected as President and Chief Executive Officer of The San Diego Foundation.
A long-time San Diego community member and resident of Escondido, Mead brings a collaborative leadership and management style to the $660 million community foundation.
“Throughout her 20-year career as a senior executive in the healthcare industry managing large and complex organizations, Kathlyn has developed hands-on foundation and philanthropy expertise,” Board of Governors Chair Steve Smith shared. “She brings to The Foundation a deep understanding of the needs of donors as well as the challenges facing low-income communities. Kathlyn has raised funds at the multi-million dollar scale, and has built major collaborations between for profit, nonprofit and public/governmental entities. These are vital skills in addressing the challenges and needs community members identified during the CEO search process.”
The CEO search began late last year with a Board retreat that outlined the search process and priorities. In January 2014, executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates was appointed to assist the Board Search Committee. The Board also conducted a community listening tour, holding more than 20 meetings throughout the San Diego region and engaging more than 350 community members who shared ideas about the future of The Foundation and desired qualities for the new CEO.
“Kathlyn is an extremely bright, innovative and energetic leader who is deeply connected to San Diego,” remarked Board of Governors Interview Committee member Constance Carroll, Chancellor of the San Diego Community College District. “She is an excellent communicator who will build on the tremendous success of The Foundation and bring new focus and resources to Foundation programs, donors and volunteers.”
Prior to The California Endowment, Mead held positions as CEO of the Council of Community Clinics in San Diego, Vice President of CalPERS Sector for Blue Shield of California, President and CEO of Sharp Health Plan in San Diego, and Vice President of Managed Care at the Children’s Hospital in San Diego.
“I am honored to have been selected to continue Bob Kelly’s service to the community on behalf of The San Diego Foundation,” Kathlyn Mead said. “Together with our distinguished Board of Governors, our team will work with San Diego community leaders to ensure the vision for a greater San Diego is realized.”
Mead has a proven track record of civic engagement in the San Diego community. She was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the 22nd District Agricultural Association/San Diego Fair Board of Directors, and serves as Trustee and Vice-Chair for the Alliance Healthcare Foundation as well as Trustee for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Mead also provided board member service to Hispanics for Philanthropy, San Diegans for Health Care Coverage, San Diego Community Health Improvement Partners, and San Diego Consumer Center for Health, Education and Advocacy. She is a 1998 LEAD San Diego alumnus.
Mead attended Regis University and received her MBA from the University of Southern California.
Current San Diego Foundation President and CEO Bob Kelly will retire this year after 20 years of service to the San Diego community.
About The San Diego Foundation
Founded in 1975, The San Diego Foundation’s purpose is to promote and increase effective and responsible charitable giving. The Foundation manages more than $660 million in assets, more than half of which reside in permanent endowment funds that extend the impact of today’s gifts to future generations. Since its inception, The Foundation has granted more than $876 million to the San Diego region’s nonprofit community. For additional information, please visit The San Diego Foundation at sdfoundation.org.
Theresa Nakata, The San Diego Foundation, 619-890-1378, TheresaN@SDFoundation.org