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Kathlyn Mead

President and CEO, The San Diego Foundation

Kathlyn Mead was named president and CEO of The San Diego Foundation in 2014. She came to the foundation from the California Endowment, where she was executive vice president and COO. She has also served as president and CEO of San Diego Council of Community Clinics, and as VP of CalPERS Sector for Blue Shield of California. Previously, she was president and CEO for Sharp Health Plan. She serves on the board for the Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science and previously on many other community and health oriented nonprofits.

ALMA MATER: Regis University, University of Southern California

FAVORITE SPOTS: Lake Hodges and its trails, the California Center for the Arts and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.