March 30 at 8:34am

Interfaith announces retirement of Craig Jones, Chief Operating Officer


Craig-Jones-199x3001It is with regret but warm wishes that Interfaith Community Services announces the retirement of Chief Operations Officer Craig Jones, effective July 1, 2015. Craig has been an exceptional employee over his 18 years with Interfaith, serving in many capacities, including IT Manager, HR Manager, Special Projects Director, Grants Manager and interim Executive Director.

Craig started with Interfaith Community Services after the Escondido Community Sobering and Stabilization program became part of the organization; his initial responsibility was to assure data capture and reporting for the program.

“Serving in that program was truly an education for me, observing daily operations fist-hand,” said Craig. “But more importantly, I appreciated observing the plight, flow and improvement of our clients. Lives were truly being changed.”

Earlier in his career, Craig worked as a city planner for several California cities, as well as United Way of San Diego. Today, he volunteers for a variety of community needs projects including transportation systems improvement and peace and social justice initiatives – something he looks forward to dedicating more time to in his retirement.

“Craig’s dedication to the people we serve, to our clients, our volunteers, and our staff, is simply remarkable,” said Interfaith Executive Director Greg Anglea. “He has led Interfaith Community Services in a number of roles, bringing his trademark sense of humor, compassion for the poor, and earnest stewardship of resources trusted to Interfaith and our community.“

“Craig is a dedicated professional who has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for people in need,” said Lila Fetherolf, Director of Housing and Senior Services for Interfaith, as well as a longtime colleague and friend. “It has been an honor to work with him and I wish him the very best in his retirement.”

In his retirement, Craig is looking forward to not only continuing on his volunteer work, but also tackling home projects and spending more time with his family. “At Interfaith, we are in very good hands,” said Craig. “New leadership and the Board of Directors’ energy have launched us into effectiveness for the foreseeable future.”

While Craig will be stepping down from his current role, he looks forward to volunteering and staying involved with Interfaith in his retirement.

“The people of Interfaith Community Services are forever grateful to Craig for his generosity, leadership, and dedication,” said Angela. “I look forward to working with him after his retirement too, as his work in the community will certainly carry on in new and exciting ways.”

Interfaith thanks Craig for his 18 years of service to our organization and wishes him well with all his future endeavors!