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William Jones

Managing Member, CityLink LLC

William Jones

William Jones is Managing Member of CityLink LLC, an investment and consulting firm. He is the former President/CEO of CityLink Investment Corporation, a commercial real estate company he formed in 1994 that earned national acclaim for developing complex private and public urban projects. He served as President/CEO of City Scene Management Company from 2001 through 2018. Prior to that, Mr. Jones served as Investment Manager of certain Prudential real estate subsidiaries and as General Manager/Senior Asset Manager overseeing more than 2 million square feet of office, retail, industrial and multi-family properties in three states. Earlier in his career, he served in San Diego city government as a City Council Member, Deputy Mayor and Chief of Staff to City Council Member Leon Williams.


Mr. Jones is an independent director and board chair of certain funds managed by the Capital Group with net assets of approximately $600 billion and former chairman of the Audit and Nominating/Governance committees. Mr. Jones is an independent director of Global Infrastructure Solutions Inc., a private global engineering and construction services company and chairs its Compensation and Organization Committee and is its Lead Valuation Director. He is a trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation Board and a member of its Investment/Finance Committee and Real Estate Advisory Council.


Mr. Jones is a former director of Biogen (NASDAQ: BIIB), a global biotechnology company and pioneer in neuroscience. He chaired its Compensation and Management Development Committee. Mr. Jones is the former lead independent director of Sempra (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy infrastructure company. He chaired its Nominating/Corporate Governance committee and served on its Compensation, Audit and Executive committees. He served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and chair of its Los Angeles Branch Board. He was a director of Enova Corporation, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Southwest Water Company, Price Real Estate Investment Trust and San Diego Padres Baseball Club. He served as chair of the Board of Trustees of Francis Parker School and a trustee of the University of San Diego. Mr. Jones created the Project I Believe Scholarship Program that mentored the entire 1987 graduating class of Kennedy Elementary School and provided scholarships to graduates who earned college admission.


Mr. Jones is a National Association Corporate Director Board Leadership Fellow and is listed in the 2019 NACD Directorship 100. He was honored as one of the nation’s “Most Influential Black Corporate Directors” by Savoy Magazine in 2021.


Mr. Jones is a member of the Corporate Directors Forum and was voted CDF’s 2006 Director of the Year for Corporate Governance.


Mr. Jones earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Economics from the University of San Diego.