President & CEO, Colorado Legacy Foundation

Dr. Helayne Jones is the President & CEO of the Colorado Legacy Foundation. The Colorado Legacy Foundation is an independent non-profit working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) and public education stakeholders to accelerate bold improvement in student achievement through innovation, collaboration, and capacity building. The Colorado Legacy Foundation believes that increased student achievement for all Colorado students requires effective leaders in every school, effective educators in every classroom, and healthy and engaging environments that ignite a passion for learning in every student. 

Prior to joining the Colorado Legacy Foundation, Dr. Jones served on the Boulder Valley School Board for 8 years.   During that time she led work aimed at building awareness of the direct correlation between healthy students, healthy schools, education policies and academic achievement.  She also collaborated with educators, administrators, students and community members to improve educational outcomes through the lens of health and policy while repositioning health as a foundational strategy to ensure the success of every educator, leader and student.

Throughout her career she has advocated collaboration between business, government, community and education leaders in educational reform encouraging leadership and innovation as cornerstones of improving public education.  In addition, Dr. Jones has worked extensively with private sector and non-profit philanthropic organizations in facilitating strategic planning, board communications, and managing the impact of change on diverse groups. 

She is a trustee of the Rose Community Foundation and the past chair of their Education Committee, and also sits on the Board of Directors for LiveWell Colorado. She is a member of Governor Hickenlooper’s Education Leadership Council.   Previously, Dr. Jones served as a member of Governor Ritter’s P20 Education Council. 

Dr. Jones received her Doctorate in Educational Administration in May of 1995 from Columbia University, Teachers College with an emphasis on School Reform. She received an MA English, Magna Cum Laude in 1977 from the University of Massachusetts and a BA Honors College from the University of Michigan in 1975. 

Robert Hammond talks about healthy food in Colorado schools at Washington Post Live Future of Food forum in Denver, Colorado on June 28, 2012 (Jim Turley/for The Washington Post)