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Board Corner: Interview with Becky Jones

Becky has always had a heart for education and helping others.  From her mother's career as a teacher through her time as Senior Director for HR at the SF Peninsula Boys and Girls Club, she's always found a way to give back!  When she heard about dual-impact nature of the Sister Schools program, Becky knew she had to be a part of it and became our fifth new Director on the Board this summer.

In her free time, Becky loves to travel and has been to 24 countries and 30 US states. She speaks French and enjoys French culture and cooking, having mastered the macaron during quarantine.  She loves to garden and grows a large vegetable garden annually. She also cans jams, pickles, salsa, and other preserves— she even made canned tuna during quarantine! Becky and her husband have two dogs and love spending time exploring the Seattle area with them.

Learn more about Becky and her call to join Sister Schools below!

 

What is your professional background? 

I have spent my career in Human Resources, initially working with education-focused companies, then as Senior Director of HR for a Boys and Girls Club nonprofit organization in the SF Bay Area. I loved working in nonprofit HR, but left after 4 years when I was given the opportunity to move into consulting, which is my true calling. I spent 6 years at TriNet providing strategic HR consulting to their client companies, and recently moved to Swift HR Solutions as a Senior Consultant. They are a local consulting firm providing comprehensive HR solutions for companies and nonprofits from the earliest stage. 

Why did you connect with Sister Schools’ mission?  


That experience was transformational for me, and I love the idea of serving students in Africa again. 

 What are you most excited about joining the Board of Directors?

I am thrilled to be able to bring my expertise in HR, organizational development, project management, and events planning to Sister Schools. I love getting my hands dirty and helping where needed, and want to do what I can to help free up Terry and Ella to focus on their highest value tasks. 

Where is your favorite place you’ve ever traveled?  

I lived in Aix-en-Provence in France for 6 months during college, and fell in love with southern France and Italy. The warmth of the people, the beautiful scenery, and the amazing food all keep me coming back!

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

I absolutely love Thai food, and my favorite Thai restaurant was called Pok Pok in Portland. They closed during COVID, but I have their cookbook, so it would probably be a meal featuring my favorite dishes from the restaurant.

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