San Diego CA— Episcopal Community Services (ECS) has named Robert Jones as Interim CEO. The current CEO, Lesslie Keller, will be retiring after 13 years in early January 2021. Jones brings with him more than 30 years of experience in human resources, executive coaching, recruiting, and training.
Throughout his career, Jones has held senior-level human resources positions with large and small companies. His experience ranges from Fortune 100 companies to startups in various industries, including food manufacturing, restaurants, and biotechnology. Jones served as Director of Human Resources for ECS from 2012 until his retirement in 2017.
“I am thrilled and honored to be able to continue serving ECS and its dedicated staff of people,” said Jones. “Lesslie Keller and her team have built a great organization with dedicated, committed people. I’m proud to help the Agency and Lesslie with this transition.”
Keller noted, “I am delighted that Bob Jones will be on hand to guide ECS through the transition following my retirement. During the years I worked with Bob, I always valued his wisdom and experience. He is very familiar with the operations of the agency and will provide steady, professional leadership with his well-known equanimity and humor.”
Jones received both a BA in Education and a Masters of Personnel Administration from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He has served as a board member of San Diego Junior Achievement and has supported youth in a variety of ways throughout his career. Jones served on the board of the San Diego Rescue Mission for seven years; the last two as Board President. He is an avid golfer and a closet bluegrass guitar picker. Jones and his wife, Susan, reside in Indian Wells, California.