Jo Lynne Jones was named the John Kirkpatrick Executive Director of Oklahoma City Ballet in February 2018. As Executive Director, she has the primary responsibility of fundraising, financial accountability, administrative management and board engagement. Prior to joining the staff at Oklahoma City Ballet, she spent almost 17 years as Director of Development and Communications at Infant Crisis Services, an Oklahoma City based nonprofit.
She has won numerous awards for her public relations and marketing campaigns including Best of the Best from the American Marketing Association for a social media campaign.
The Edmond native attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Before her nonprofit career, Jones worked in the broadcast industry both out-of-state and locally, where she anchored the Saturday morning newscast on KWTV and the evening news on OETA. She also owned a successful children’s clothing boutique.
In addition to her role at Oklahoma City Ballet, Jones is a board member for Brave Woman, a national organization giving voice to domestic abuse survivors. She also serves as past president of the Oklahoma chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and the Oklahoma County Bar Auxiliary. She is a member of Leadership Oklahoma City Class 30 and serves on
the Alumni Board.
The John Kirkpatrick Executive Directorship is a recently endowed position, with the endowment gift coming from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. The position was named for John E. Kirkpatrick, who was an integral part of the founding of Oklahoma City Ballet with Yvonne Chouteau and Miguel Terekhov.