Reginald Jones came to the Jacobs Center in 2012 to serve as President and CEO, overseeing the greater mission and goals of the organization. Prior to joining the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Mr. Jones served as President of Chicago-based Steans Family Foundation, a philanthropy committed to revitalizing North Lawndale, a disinvested community on Chicago’s west side. He worked with culturally diverse residents and partner organizations to undertake ambitious neighborhood revitalization efforts.
As the leader of the Steans Family Foundation, Mr. Jones worked with community residents and organizations, political leaders, and private entities to foster understanding of the organization’s intent, seek input, and build collaboration for neighborhood improvement. He worked with land-use planners, housing and retail developers, human service agencies, and other entities to foster comprehensive community improvement activity.
Previously, Mr. Jones worked at the Joyce Foundation managing the Culture Program, sharing responsibility for a $10 million Education Grant Program, and creating the Joyce Awards Initiative to support artistic works by minority artists. He also served as Director of Audience Development and Community Engagement at the Ravinia Festival, an internationally renowned performing arts center located in Highland Park, Illinois.
Mr. Jones has served on the board of the Council on Foundations, where he also was Chair of the Family Philanthropy Committee. He currently serves on the board of the Lake County (Illinois) Community Foundation and the Merit School of Music in Chicago. He holds a bachelors degree from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston and a masters degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He completed additional study in nonprofit management, focusing on organizational development, strategic planning, and sector financial accountability.
Vice President, Real Estate and Finance
Richard Seges has over 25 years of real estate development, economic development, and corporate real estate experience.
Before joining the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Mr. Seges was the Chief Real Estate Officer for the Housing Authority of the City of El Paso.
Before moving to El Paso, Mr. Seges was a San Diego resident and served as Vice President, Neighborhood Investment, at Civic San Diego where he managed several groups including economic development, public-private partnerships, downtown planning and zoning, the downtown community parking district, and the construction of parks and other public amenities.
Mr. Seges also served as the Director of Capital Investment, Retail, and Development at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Vice President of Development, for Wasserman Real Estate Capital, and Vice President of Development for TPG Development.
A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Mr. Seges received both a Masters of Business Administration and a Masters of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.
Chief of Staff
As Chief of Staff, Siobhan Graham is responsible for HR, Operations and Organization effectiveness. Siobhan has over 20 years of HR, organizational design and leadership coaching experience. She is a passionate, creative, results-focused business leader with competency in change management, innovation, strategic-thinking, relationship building, talent management, and leadership development.
Before joining the Jacobs Center Siobhan was the head of HR in the U.S. for Wawanesa Insurance, where she was responsible for aligning HR strategies with achieving business objectives. Prior to that she was Human Resources Manager for McGraw-Hill Broadcasting, where she oversaw the HR function for four television stations in Southern California, including Channel 10, the ABC affiliate in San Diego.
Originally from Ireland, Siobhan has called San Diego home for the last 18 years. She completed her HR accreditations at UCSD and is an SPHR from SHRM.