biographies

California born and raised, Regina Jones loves her hometown. With over forty-years experience in business and project development, she’s had a front row seat watching Los Angeles grow from a small quiet town to the huge metropolis that it’s become.

She secured her first salaried job at a small real estate office at the age of fourteen. She worked there as a secretary after school and on Saturdays. Married at fifteen and shortly after became a teenage mother; she and her husband Ken were anything but the stereotypical teen parents portrayed in today’s media.

They started SOUL Newspaper, the first biweekly dedicated to the coverage of Black arts and entertainment in 1966. During Soul’s sixteen years of publication Regina participated in all aspects of publishing. Regina was responsible for developing corporate relations, advertising sales, and national distribution, as well as overseeing finance and editorial. She served at Soul’s publisher and editor-in-chief for ten years. SOUL is credited with helping launch the careers of many now legendary recording artists.

After a brief hiatus, she entered the field of public relations in 1983 as vice president of Dick Griffey Productions/Solar Records. There she developed and implemented press campaigns for all Solar recording artists as well as corporate and community relations. This included: The Whispers, Howard Hewett, Shalamar, Midnight Star, Lakeside, and Klymaxx. She also coordinated major events including fundraising and publicity for the Reverend Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign and was responsible for his appearance, the first presidential candidate to appear on Saturday Night Live.

In 1986, Regina started her own independent public relations firm handling press, public relations, event planning and crisis management for diverse clients that included: NAACP Image Awards (13 Annual Shows), Geffen Records (James Ingram), the Bishop Tutu World Peace Concert, Black Women’s Forum, Coca-Cola USA, Orchid Communications, Capitol Records and a number of actors (Cicely Tyson), producers, recording artists and executives. Always offering a highly specialized “hands-on” approach, and catering her resources to the needs of each client, as a result of her wealth of experience and resources.

Regina began working with Crystal Stairs, Inc. in 1995 to develop media and public awareness of the agency’s child care programs and accomplishments. She coordinated their first major fundraiser, the Crystal Stairs Awards in 1996, marrying her entertainment relationships with nonprofit. In 1997 she became their Development Manager raising more than $7.5 million.

Regina is currently working on The SOUL Legacy, a nonprofit corporation to preserve, collect, exhibit, and share the rich history and cultural heritage of Black entertainment during the 1960’s and -70’s. She is also writing her own memoirs as well as completing the Jan Gaye autobiography.