Chris Jones joined Guide Dogs for the Blind in March 2012. Prior to becoming development director, he served most recently as the chief operating officer for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) where he oversaw all fundraising, programming, communications and regional operations. Prior to joining the HSF, he served as senior program manager for Microsoft’s Community Affairs group, where he led the company’s youth and education giving, and later its international philanthropy. In addition, he played leadership roles in corporate and foundation giving at the University of Washington, University of California Los Angeles and University of California Santa Barbara.
Jones currently sits on the board of the Marin Montessori School, and has recently served on the boards of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the HSF Institute, the Albert Baker Fund, the National Hispanic Advisory Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the National Technology Advisory Board for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and his local church.
“I am delighted to be joining such an amazing organization, a true leader among assistance dog schools globally,” he said. “While Guide Dogs for the Blind serves the visually impaired directly, its philosophy and model are relevant to everyone. In addition to helping guide a major capital campaign to build a new student residence on our California campus, I look forward to helping Guide Dogs for the Blind reach new fundraising heights on a number of fronts.”