The San Diego Foundation Board of Governors 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 twenty 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 twenty 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.”