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Jean Patterson Boone
Advertising Director

Jean Patterson Boone is the advertising director for the Richmond Free Press and a vice president and a member of the board of directors of Paradigm Communications, Inc.boone

Since its inception, she has successfully led the advertising staff of the Free Press in a challenging market, where advertising decision makers are too often indifferent to the lucrative African-American consumer in the Richmond area. Periods of sour economic times have made her goals no easier, yet she, through time-proven strategies based on high customer service and performance with integrity, has compiled an extremely outstanding record as an advertising executive.

Enlightened businesses reap benefits from her efforts that have introduced them to a largely untapped market through the Free Press.

In 2004, she received the YWCA’s Outstanding Woman of the Year Award for Communications.

Mrs. Boone is active in community affairs in Richmond.

Over the past 15 years, she has served on numerous non-profit boards. They include the Carpenter Center for the Performing Arts where she held the office of secretary; the Valentine Richmond History Center and the Virginia Foundation for Architecture.

Mrs. Boone has served the public sector as well. Most recently, Mayor L. Douglas Wilder appointed her to the Mayor’s Performing Arts Committee. The committee successfully completed its work that will lead to a performing arts center in the heart of Downtown Richmond. She also served on the City’s Urban Design Committee and on Governor Tim Kaine’s Transition Committee.

Mrs. Boone served as a ranking member of the Washington-based Children’s Defense Fund for eight years where she worked with state advocacy groups and state legislators to improve health and child care for children and their families.

In Baltimore, Mrs. Boone was director of Baltimore Blueprint, a federal, state and city partnership initiated by then-Mayor William Donald Schafer. That partnership was credited with improving services for the citizens of Baltimore by involving city residents.

Also in Baltimore, Mrs. Boone served as manager of community affairs for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, providing leadership and direction to ensure that the Baltimore Symphony was inclusive in all aspects of symphony life.

She also served on a wide range of non-profit boards in Baltimore, including Roland Park Country School.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University in New Orleans and a master’s degree from Boston University.