Virginia Press Association

This Week: Meet Jean Boone, a new member on the VPA board of directors

Jean Patterson Boone

Jean Patterson Boone is the publisher of the Richmond Free Press since June 2014 and president of the board of directors of Paradigm Communications Inc., its parent company. She was appointed to these positions by the Paradigm Communications board upon the June 3, 2014 death of her husband and company founder, Raymond H. Boone.

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

Boone is active in public and private sectors in Richmond, Baltimore and Washington, DC. She served as secretary of the board of the Carpenter Center and a member of the board of the Richmond Performing Arts Center (RPAC). Mrs. Boone has served as a member of the Urban Forestry Commission and Richmond’s Urban Design Committee.

Boone served as one of three co-chairs of the inauguration Committee for Mayor Dwight C. Jones and as a member of the mayor’s inaugural committee for Gov.-Mayor L. Douglas Wilder and on the Transition Team for Gov. Tim Kaine. She was an adviser to L. Douglas Wilder, and in 1976, served as Gov. Wilder’s first Committee Clerk when he became the first African-American to serve as a chair of a Standing Committee in the Virginia Senate.

Boone taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond. From 1981 to 1989 she served as director of state and local affairs for the Washington, D.C. based-Children’s Defense Fund. She also served as director of Baltimore Blueprint, a federal, state and city partnership initiated by then-Mayor William Donald Schaefer. Her work on inclusivity as manager of community affairs and marketing for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra won national recognition.

Boone holds a bachelor’s degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, a master’s degree from Boston University and did additional course work toward an MBA at the University of Baltimore.

Boone was married for 45 years to Raymond H. Boone, founding editor and publisher of the Free Press and is the mother of two adult children; Regina H. Boone, a nationally known photojournalist, and Raymond H. Boone, Jr. Vice President for new business development, both working at the Richmond Free Press. She is the proud grandmother of Raymond H. Boone III.

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