Carmel Valley resident named to San Diego Women’s Foundation board

Kathy Jones

The San Diego Women’s Foundation recently announced that Carmel Valley resident Kathy Jones is among four new board members who will help guide the critical work of the organization in the upcoming fiscal year.

Jones joins Jean Kaiser, Carolyn Konecki, and Alexis Lasheras as new appointees to the board.

“We are thrilled that Kathy, Jean, Carolyn, and Alexis have joined our board as we begin another exciting year of pooling our resources to enhance San Diego through investing in impactful non-profit programs,” said Leigh Hartman, president of the San Diego Women’s Foundation’s Board. “The impressive set of skills and experience each brings will undoubtedly help create our best year yet, proving again the theme in which we all believe: women can do more than woman.”

Jones has been a foundation member since 2011. She is co-chairwoman of the programs committee and has actively served on the education, grants review, and DIG committees. She is a former professor of exercise and wellness, and has taught at Arizona State University and San Diego State University.

Since moving to San Diego in 2002, Jones has been an active volunteer, serving as a county Master Gardener for 10 years, Mission Hills Town Council member and chairwoman, and Mission Hills Garden Club President. She is serving on the board of the YMCA’s Youth and Family Services branch as chairwoman, on the San Diego Youth Tennis Board as secretary, and also on the San Diego County YMCA board.

Jones has a B.A. in sociology from UC Berkeley, a master’s in exercise science and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Arizona State University. She also teaches nutritional cooking classes for children and is a graphic artist.

Founded in 2000, the San Diego Women’s Foundation has more than 200 members dedicated to pooling their resources and enhancing the community through grant making. As of June 1, 2014, more than $2.7 million has been awarded to 71 nonprofit programs for their efforts to initiate or improve existing programs. Each grant, $25,000 or greater, targets an area of focus for the community. Visit