Jo Lynne Jones began as the John Kirkpatrick Executive Director of Oklahoma City Ballet in February 2018. As Executive Director, she has the primary responsibility for fundraising, financial accountability, administrative management, and board engagement. Prior to joining the staff at Oklahoma City Ballet, she spent almost 17 years at Infant Crisis Services in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Development and Communications.
Before her tenure in nonprofit, the Edmond native worked in the broadcast industry at radio and television stations both locally and out-of-state. She returned to Oklahoma City to serve as a news anchor at KWTV and OETA. She attended Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma and has a B.A. in Communications.
In addition to her nonprofit career, Jones is also a board member for Brave Woman, a national organization giving voice to domestic abuse survivors. She 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.
The John Kirkpatrick Executive Directorship is a newly 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 Choteau and Miguel Terekhov.