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Jeanmarie Bond Takes Over As New President And CEO Of The Coronado Schools Foundation

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Posted: Monday, December 2, 2019 10:58 am

If successful job performances in other high-pressure organizations and boundless enthusiasm are accurate indicators, the Board of Directors of the Coronado Schools Foundation picked the right person as their new President and CEO in Jeanmarie Bond. She has been on the job for about two weeks as this is being written and Bond, with two sons who graduated from Coronado High School, and having lived in Coronado for 21 years, has hit the ground running.

Born in Seattle, and raised in Enumclaw, Washington (2018 population estimate 11,878), Bond graduated in the Top 10 academically from Enumclaw High School. “I was the yearbook editor and very involved in various types of high school activities. Both of my brothers were sports editors at the Enumclaw Courier-Herald. I have two older brothers and a younger sister.”

Bond showed at an early age she wasn’t afraid of a challenge, as she had a triple major of English, Communications and Education at Linfield College, located in McMinnville, Oregon. “My parents helped me select Linfield. I wanted to go to the University of Washington and my parents said, ‘Girls don’t go there.’ I had two older brothers at UW, but my parents were protective. One of my brothers was recruited for Linfield so I knew the school and it was probably the best choice I could have made in my life. I loved communications, public speaking, and rhetoric. I wanted to be a high school teacher. I also got a teaching credential when I graduated.”

After a year working with Linfield College as a college admission counselor, Bond went into the world of advertising, first for McCann-Erickson and then Grey Advertising. Bond explained, “I was the director of public relations for Grey’s Western Division. We had offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and I was in the San Francisco office. In those days, the public relations part of the agency and the advertising part didn’t talk to each other. One of our clients was Kikkoman Soy Sauce and I launched a cross-country cooking tour, hitting the morning talk shows with Kikkoman recipes. With Challenge Dairy we did outdoor media campaigns and I was involved with the photographic work they did. We had a food stylist and a photographer to make sure everything looked the way we wanted it to look. When our children were young, I did recipe concept development and I was a food stylist. I worked for Bumble Bee Seafood, California Avocados, and Dansk dishes and bakeware. And I wrote for several publications.”

We’ll take a brief interlude and catch you up on Bond’s two sons, starting with Phil Bond, who graduated in 2004. Jeanmarie said, “Phil went to Loyola Marymount and then graduated from Cal Western Law School. Now he is working for the law firm of Beamer, Lauth, Steinley & Bond. Phil is married to Navy Lt. Lauren Bond, who is a surgical nurse at Balboa Hospital. They have two boys Griffin who is two and Palmer who is five months old. Our younger son Christian Bond graduated from CHS in 2007 and is now a full-time beach lifeguard for the City of Coronado. He also has quite a few certifications including boating and diving. Coronado Lifeguard Captain Sean Carey has been a mentor to both of my boys.”

After her children were old enough to fend for themselves, Jeanmarie became the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Director at the San Diego County Bar Association. “When Phil graduated from high school and Christian was a sophomore, I put on all the programming for the Bar Association. We produced 360 hours of educational programming every year. We had judges and experts come in and put on programs. Every lawyer had to take so many continuing education credits over three years. I had connections with the leaders of the Bar Association, judges and magistrates. It was a great job and I loved it.”

From there, Bond went to a 10-year run with the UCSD Foundation and the University Advancement areas. Bond explained her job switch. “I had four different managers in three years at the Bar Association. I was working too hard, with too much stress and I needed something else. UCSD is one of the county’s biggest and best employers. First, I was the assistant corporate secretary for the foundation and two years later I got the corporate secretary job. It was an absolutely amazing job. I got to work with the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellors and the Deans. There is only one foundation at each of the University of California schools. We take the money and turn it over to grants for the campus. We managed $1 billion, with an $850 million endowment and $150 million in current-use funds. Our directors included Irwin Jacobs and Ernst Rady was our Real Estate Advisory Chair. They were really wonderful people who were committed and passionate. My job was to serve them. When I announced I was leaving, I got 20 personal Emails from the Trustees. It was really sweet.”

Bond and her CSF predecessor Patty Cowan are good friends and Bond leapt at the chance to apply for the position. “This is my dream job. This encompasses everything my career has taught me to do. I’m passionate about the community and the schools here. One of the major driving forces for me applying was Patty and No. 2 was (CUSD Superintendent of Schools) Karl Mueller. I have so much respect for Karl and I want to work toward a mission that Karl oversees. I want my grandchildren to go to school here one day.”

As for her first nine days on the job, Bond said, “I’m just learning the system and the lay of the land. My goals are to continue the excellent work this team has already done, grow our fundraising and grow our endowment. I’m trying to learn the policies and processes, our strengths and weaknesses. I need to learn the staff, their talents, and the resources they might need. I’m lucky to come into such a strong team, where I don’t have to build a team. They are collaborative and creative. I want to see if there are industry partners we can reach out to. We are educating our future engineers, scientists, and doctors. One major source of giving is our alumni base. If we don’t ask them, they won’t give. I see all the potential of the alumni and the grandparents.”

Bond continued, “Our story is our students, and what they are doing. We have 60 kids in the middle school band, which we fund. We fund many of the programs that are important to a student’s well-rounded education. Then of course the whole STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) thrust has changed since my kids were in school. And now we have a sports medicine program and an engineering component that didn’t exist 10-15 years ago.”

CSF Board Chair Renee Cavanaugh has agreed to stay on in that position, a gesture greatly appreciated by Bond. “Renee is a teacher and passionate about the school district. She stepped willingly to the front. I work well with her and we are very similar. This is a time of tremendous transition, with a new leader in place. Consistency sends a message to the community. It shows that organization is important to us and it’s a show of support for me. The Board has been nothing but welcoming and engaging to me. And they want to help me be successful. They are all committed and care about the kids.”

The CSF’s next two major projects are Coronado’s Talent, which is produced by CSF Trustee Alan Kinzel Feb. 22. And the 33rd CSF Annual Telethon is Wednesday, March 18, 2020, from 5-9 p.m. The CSF fundraising goal for the year is $900,000 and the CSF endowment is currently valued at $6.9 million.

As we concluded, Bond said, “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve my community. There’re a lot of moving parts to this organization. Patty Cowan has been a tremendous help for 20 years. Her oldest son and my youngest graduated from CHS together. I have very big shoes to fill.”

The 2019-20 CSF Board of Directors includes Board Chair Renee Cavanaugh, Vice Chair Pam Sauter, Treasurer Russ Haley and Board Secretary Debbie McBride. Directors include Bob Balfour, Student Representative Kendall Chapko, Kristina Cook, Tammy Farrier, Sally Harvey, Alan Kinzel, CUSD Liaison Jennifer Moore, Ken Morris, Mark Thompson, Jamie Tuckey, and Jenni Nesbitt.

The CSF Staff consists of Bond, President & Chief Executive Officer; Leanne Anderson, Director of Development; Jennifer Stein, Development Coordinator; Laura Galdorisi O’Sullivan Project Coordinator; Anita Lorr Staff Accountant; and Patty Cowan, Legacy Gifts Consultant.

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