B. Kathlyn Mead

President and CEO of The San Diego Foundation, Kathlyn Mead has been actively involved in community throughout her career. 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 2003 recipient of the YWCA of San Diego TWIN Award.

Prior to joining the San Diego Foundation, Mead was EVP and COO of The California Endowment. Responsible for business operations, social finance/impact investments, and strategic corporate partnerships, Mead provided leadership and management for the $3B health foundation.

An established leader within diverse health related sectors, Mead also previously served as President and CEO, San Diego Council of Community Clinics. As Vice President, CalPERS Sector for Blue Shield of California, she developed cost effective, quality health care networks and products for California’s largest purchaser of health benefits. Mead was President and CEO for Sharp Health Plan, a health maintenance organization affiliated with the Sharp HealthCare integrated delivery system. While at Sharp, Mead developed and implemented the award winning public/private, 3-share insurance product (FOCUS) especially designed to offer access to affordable, quality health coverage for small business employees. 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.

Mead serves on the Board of Trustees for the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, the Alliance Healthcare Foundation, and the 22nd District Agricultural Association/Del Mar Fairgrounds. She previously served on the Boards of HealthCorps, The Kitchen Community, the California Association of Health Plans, the Consumer Center for Health, Education, and Advocacy, Community Health Improvement Partners, the Business Healthcare Connection, the San Diego Urban League, and the Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP).

Mead earned an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California and attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado. She has two daughters and a son, and her husband is a Professor of Psychiatry and neuroscientist at University of California San Diego.