Vail Valley Foundation names development VP
AVON — For 11 years, Lee Jones wore many different hats for the Vail Valley Foundation’s YouthPower365. From on-the-field soccer coaching, to marketing and development, and most recently to a role as director of operations, Jones has become one of the most well-known names in the Valley’s educational circles.
The Vail Valley Foundation recently announced a new role for Jones — vice president of development for the Vail Valley Foundation.
Jones said the role is a natural next step and that he looks forward to working alongside the staff, donors and community members, who he says are the spirit of the organization.
“It’s the right thing to do, at the right time, and I couldn’t be more pleased and honored to take this on,” Jones said. “The Vail Valley Foundation is really an expression of the volunteer spirit and generosity of this community. When you look at this incredible team at the Vail Valley Foundation, and the community of donors and volunteers who make our work possible, it’s easy to be inspired by what this organization is doing in the arts, athletics, and education.”
Mike Imhof, president and CEO of the Vail Valley Foundation, said Jones has been a boon to youth and education in the valley.
“He understands the special nature of this community, he has strong leadership and collaboration skills, and he has a very clear and optimistic vision for his department,” Imhof said. “We are very glad to welcome him to this new role, which will allow him to now have an impact on the wider range of Vail Valley Foundation activity.”
A native of Manchester, England, Jones’ career began in the corporate world, where he worked for more than a decade before embarking on a series of travel adventures in his late 20s. His first experience in Vail happened by chance, when he came in 2001 for a brief visit while he waited to start a new job in Australia.
Jones quickly became a key early player in YouthPower365’s activities. At the time, the organization was called the Youth Foundation and it operated independently. In 2011, the Youth Foundation merged with the Vail Valley Foundation, and then recently rebranded to YouthPower365.
YouthPower365 now serves more than 4,000 youth in early childhood, K-12, and scholarship programs and opportunities. Lauren DesCombes is stepping into Jones’ role at YouthPower365. DesCombes has been with YouthPower365 for six years in a variety of roles, and her new title is director of operations.
For more information, email Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 970-390-8126.