Founder Lena Evans oversees grants and manages promotion of organizations who support our charitable causes. Using her Vietnamese birth name Phueng Ngoc translated to English, JADE PHOENIX as her moniker, Ms. Evans has dedicated much philanthropic effort to social service causes.
These efforts have garnered her the honor of being nominated as Woman of the Year 2016 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Outstanding Philanthropist for National Philanthropy Day 2016, the prestigious 2014 L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth award, 2014 San Diego Magazine Woman of the Year award, and 2013 Longines Women Who Make a Difference award, which recognize women who have done exceptional work improving the lives of children in their community. She was a featured nominee in Yahoo's "Women Who Shine" 2012 award for touching lives and doing extraordinary things in her community.
Ms. Evans was named San Diego's "Best Philanthropist/Volunteer 2011" by the readers of Ranch & Coast magazine, as well as a San Diego Magazine "Women Who Move the City 2011" and nominated as a Woman of the Year. Also in 2011, Ms. Evans received the 96.5 KyXy "Hometown Heroes Award," as nominated by members of the community for her service to the community, country, and world.
Fulfilling her passion for community service, Ms. Evans hosts fundraisers for local, state and national political candidates as well as participation in social causes. As the first and only Chair of the USA for The Duke of Edinburgh Cup--a fundraising program of the British Monarchy's Duke of Edinburgh's Award International, she hosted the Earl and Countess of Wessex's first joint visit to the United States.
Boards on which Ms. Evans has served include the March of Dimes, San Diego Symphony, City Ballet, Rady Children's Hospital RSF Auxiliary (for which she chaired “Celebration of Champions" for nine years), and ArtReach. Advisory Boards include San Diego Rescue Mission, San Diego Master Chorale, and Pacific Lyric Association Opera, as well as Steering Committee for The Old Globe Theatre Guilders. She has also served as an Ambassador of Invictus Games Orlando, the Clinton Foundation, and San Diego Film Festival. Ms. Evans has been the dominant USA fundraising touchpoint for Sentebale, His Royal Highness Prince Harry's personal charity, having hosted multiple events benefiting the organization.
Satisfying her passion for fashion and design, Ms. Evans has served as the Regional Director of Fashion Group International, and founded Jade Phoenix Designs, a luxury cashmere sweater line known as "Cashmere for a Cause," as 100% of sales are donated to charity.
Ms. Evans is a business entrepreneur with a diverse career in the entertainment industry, high-technology sector, public relations, legal services and fashion design. With a forte in capital fundraising for a broad range of industries, Ms. Evans has focused on business development, corporate strategic planning, sales, marketing, public relations, and general management for entertainment, communications and related technology ventures including motion pictures, video, television and enhanced television, digital visual media, post production, and asset management.
(To learn more about Ms. Evans's entertainment projects, please visit Jade Phoenix Entertainment)