Over 50 Years of Giving
In 2016, the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation celebrated 50 years of giving, totaling nearly $700 million to Idaho communities.
The J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation believes in making Idaho a place to continuously learn, thrive, and prosper. We invest our resources based on a passion for LEARNING, PEOPLE, and COMMUNITIES. We are dedicated to raising awareness and expanding ways to learn; and to enhancing sense of place and community for all Idahoans. Through elevating conversation, igniting creativity, inspiring collaboration, and investing in innovative solutions, we can help make Idaho an extraordinary place to live.
Making Idaho a place to learn, thrive and prosper.
Investing time, energy and resources into: Limitless Learning, Innovative Leaders, and Stronger Communities.
- Family engagement
The Albertson’s Family Tree
Joe Albertson was born in Yukon, Oklahoma on October 17, 1906. His full name was Joseph Albert Albertson and he was one of four sons born to Rhoda and Earl Albertson. The family moved to Caldwell, Idaho in 1909, where Joe grew up and went through school.
After graduating from Caldwell High School in 1925, Joe studied business for two years at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. In 1927, while still at the college, he began his career in the grocery industry as a clerk at a local Safeway store. In 1930 Joe married his college classmate Kathryn McCurry, of Boise. They had one daughter, Barbara Jean Newman.
Joe quickly moved through the ranks during his career with Safeway until he was supervising more than a dozen stores. But he was not satisfied and wanted to start his own store—one that he could build to his own specifications and manage his own way. With $5,000 of the money he and Kathryn had saved, and with $7,500 borrowed from his wife’s aunt Birdie, Joe formed a partnership with L.S. Skaggs, a former Safeway Division Manager, and Tom Cuthbert, Mr. Skaggs’ accountant. Joe’s first store was founded in 1939 on three simple principles—quality, good value, and excellent service. He is credited as being one of the pioneers of the complete one-stop, self-service supermarket concept.
Joe opened his second and third Albertson’s stores in Nampa and Caldwell, Idaho in 1940. During the years of World War II, when food was being rationed, he filled the empty shelves with health and beauty products, general household goods and other non-food items.
His reputation for generosity and community involvement grew during those war years. His stores promoted war bonds and sponsored scrap drives that collected aluminum, steel, fats and paper for recycling.
During the 1950’s and 60’s, Albertson’s became a familiar name to shoppers throughout the west.
Joe’s generosity continued throughout the years. The College of Idaho received many generous donations from Joe and Kathryn and for 16 years proudly called itself Albertson College of Idaho. In 2007 with a donation of $50M from the Foundation the College reverted back to its original name, the College of Idaho, with hopes of promoting fundraising efforts from other sources.
Perhaps the most obvious gift to the citizens of Idaho is the 41-acre Kathryn Albertson Park with its winding walkways, wildflowers, trees and ponds.
In 1966, Joe and Kathryn established the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation as a way to administer their own charitable giving. They focused their giving primarily on education, which was important to Joe and Kathryn because neither were able to finish college during the Great Depression. Since then, the Foundation has given about $600 million to Idaho’s communities and education systems. The Foundation continues to give to charities, primarily in areas where Joe and Kathryn lived or worked in Idaho.
Joe passed away in 1993.
It has been written that Joe did the common thing uncommonly well. He accumulated a great wealth of knowledge and formulas for success. He found the fulfillment that comes from setting monumental goals and achieving them. His life was filled with enjoyment of the rare but simple pleasures—fishing a mountain stream, going hunting with friends, and enjoying the company of his family.
Kathryn Albertson was born Kathryn McCurry, in Boise, Idaho on August 27, 1908, the daughter of Neunan and Ida Mae McCurry. Kathryn went through the Boise school system. After graduation, she enrolled at the College of Idaho, Caldwell, where, in chemistry class, she met Joe Albertson.
The two fell in love. They married on New Years Day in 1930, and their lasting partnership was marked by great love, unwavering support, and respect for hard work.
Together, they started the grocery store chain that bears their name. Kathryn was there for Joe and for their daughter, Barbara, as the store they created grew to be one of the largest supermarket chains in America.
Kathryn and Joe believed strongly that once you make it, you need to give back. Together, they discretely began to give to a number of charitable causes, often to help students who wanted to further their education. In 1966, they created the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation to help administer their personal giving.
When Joe passed away in 1993, Kathryn, her family, the company, and the community suffered a tremendous loss, but Kathryn persevered. Kathryn remained active on the Albertson Corporation Board of Directors for several more years, with the same resolute spirit she and Joe shared. In 1998, the company honored her by designating her Albertson’s first Director Emerita, an honorary lifetime position on the Board of Directors.
Kathryn passed away in April 2002.
Friends and family say she was a generous, loving person, known for her uncompromising standards, genuine personality and good will.
The Scott Family
Today, the Albertson Foundation is still very much a family foundation with a new generation of family members lovingly carrying on the legacy. Joe and Kathryn’s grandson J.B. Scott is the Chairman of the Foundation Board. His father J.L. “Scotty” Scott, who was married at one time to Joe and Kathryn’s only child Barbara, is a member of the Board of Directors. Brian Scott, son of J.B. Scott, also serves as a Board director. Jamie Jo Scott is the daughter of J.B. Scott, the great granddaughter of Joe and Kathryn Albertson and President of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation.
Jamie has been a leader in local and statewide philanthropy in Idaho. She served as the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation’s community grants coordinator and as a member and Treasurer of the Foundation’s board of directors for over 10 years before being named executive director in December, 2008. She has been active in the non-profit community as a past member of the Boise Art Museum (BAM), as a board member for the Special Olympics World Winter Games, and currently serves on the Bogus Basin Recreation Board and the Bishop Kelly Foundation Board. Jamie was named president of the Albertson Family Foundation in 2014.
Jamie is a Boise native and mother. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of Idaho and brings her personal, professional, and educational experience, her entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for improving education in Idaho to her leadership role at the Foundation.
- Jamie Jo ScottPresidentView BioOver the course of Jamie’s career, she has been a leader in local and statewide philanthropy in Idaho. She served as the Foundation’s community grants coordinator and as a member and treasurer on the board of directors for more than 10 years before acting as executive director from 2008-2014. She has been active in the non-profit community as a board member and board committee chair of the Bogus Basin Recreational Association, and past board member of the Bishop Kelly Foundation, the Boise Art Museum, and the Special Olympics World Winter Games. Most recently, Jamie was selected for the Spring 2018 cohort of the two-year Pahara-Aspen Education Fellowship. These 24 leaders join a network of diverse and talented leaders who are reimagining America’s public schools. Jamie is a Boise native and mother of two sons. She brings her personal, professional, and educational experience, her entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for a better Idaho to her leadership role as President of the Foundation.
- Brian NaeveVice PresidentView BioBrian began his finance career 25 years ago at Dean Witter, and since then his experience and leadership has spanned managing investments and lending for a local bank start-up to nearly 10 years with the local arm of Amresco working in commercial finance. Brian joined Alscott, Inc. in 2006 to bring his expertise in underwriting, asset and investment management, industry analysis, and capital markets support to the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation as Chief Investment Officer. He also serves as Vice President and Board member of the Foundation, President of Alscott, Inc., and sits on multiple local operating business boards. Brian grew up in Boise, and is a husband and dad with two amazing kids in the Boise school system. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves hunting, fly fishing, biking, golf, tennis, and skiing.
- Brady PanatopoulosChief Executive OfficerView BioBrady is what you picture when you think of a hardworking, successful Idahoan. He spent 28 years building a career in Deloitte’s Boise office, ultimately becoming lead tax partner before retiring in 2012. Soon after, Brady started a new career as the CEO of the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation, as well as the Chief Financial Officer of Alscott, Inc. Brady serves on the Advisory Boards for both the School of Accountancy and the College of Business and Economics at Boise State University, allowing him the opportunity to give back to the university that served him nearly 30 years ago. Brady spends his free time fishing, hunting, and spending time with his wife, two boys (both Boise State grads), and soon-to-be four grandchildren.
- Roger QuarlesExecutive DirectorView BioHaving served as an Idaho teacher, principal, superintendent, and ultimately chief deputy state superintendent, Roger has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing rural education, and appreciates the fierce independence of Idaho and Idahoans alike. Prior to joining the Foundation as Executive Director in 2013, Roger was co-director of the Idaho Leads project at Boise State University’s Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, and served as an Assistant Professor in the Executive Educational Leadership Program. Roger remains active in the business community through his service on a variety of boards, including Chairman of the Teach For America Regional Board. He is an avid outdoorsman and tennis player.
- Jacqueline RushDirector of Employee ExperienceView BioJacqueline joined the Foundation in 2017 as the Director of Employee Programs and Experience. Over the course of her 25-year career in human resources, Jacqueline held various HR leadership roles in a global technology company and for the most recent ten years provided HR consulting services to businesses in multiple industries. In her work, her goal is to help improve employee and organizational success through people programs, and she sits on the Idaho State Council of SHRM Board as Certification Director. After time ‘living large’ out of state, her desire to return to her roots in Idaho brought her family back to Boise. Jacqueline actively supports her three boys through various sporting, scouting, and youth committees, and is currently serving as VP of the Parent Teacher Student Organization of Meridian Technical Charter High School.
- Heather HillCommunications OfficerView BioHeather’s marketing and communications career spans more than 25 years, having worked both agency and client side, as well as through her own business. She has played an integral role in developing and executing on brand strategy and marketing initiatives for startups, established brands, Fortune 500 companies, world-class sporting events, and global non-profits. Heather moved to Boise in 2008 to serve as VP Marketing & Communications for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games. Prior to joining the Foundation as Communications Officer in 2016, Heather worked with St. Luke’s Health System as the Executive Director for FitOne. She is an avid cyclist and skier, and brings her passion for cooking and photography together through her Instagram handle @GetHealthyBoise
- Bryan MaddenProgram OfficerView BioBryan’s experience growing up in a military family and his leadership as an Army officer has given him a unique insight into developing Mission43, the Foundation’s statewide initiative to help veterans and military spouses transition after the service. Prior to joining the Foundation as Programs Officer in 2015, he held operations and management positions in Army aviation units, including nine deployments across Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa as a Special Operations helicopter pilot. His military background, which included over 25 moves around the country, also helped him develop a strong sense for what makes a community a great place to live and play. That contributed to Bryan’s and his wife’s decision to relocate to Idaho in 2010, where they take full advantage of raising their three children around everything this state has to offer.
- Melissa MerrittGrants CoordinatorView BioMelissa has spent a lifetime acquiring experience in program and administration related areas. In her varied career, she has held positions as a corporate travel agent, corporate travel administrator, presentation coordinator, database administrator, and executive assistant. After relocating to Boise, Melissa’s career evolved to include long-held positions at both Micron Technology and Deloitte and Touche LLP. As Grants Coordinator for the Foundation, Melissa is responsible for ensuring quality of the grantmaking process and tracking progress toward the Foundation’s mission. As a lifelong learner, she eagerly pursues career development through continuing education and is passionate about encouraging others to seek opportunity and strive towards excellence. Melissa enjoys time with her family, music, circuit training, yoga, hiking, biking, stand-up paddle boarding, and skiing.
- Claire HendrixProject CoordinatorView BioClaire grew up in the Treasure Valley and has over seven years of experience working in the nonprofit sector in areas including peacebuilding, economic empowerment, and education. Prior to coming to the Foundation as Project Coordinator in 2015, Claire was working towards a graduate degree in Sustainable Development studying economic issues of post-war reconstruction. She has a strong background and experience in Non-Governmental Organizations and nonprofit management having worked in Northern Ireland, Nicaragua, Liberia, and a handful of domestic organizations. Claire has a true passion for Idaho and enjoys spending time outdoors and camping with her friends. She is an avid volleyball player and loves going to listen to live music.
- Sam FleetwoodControllerView BioA certified public accountant by profession, Sam brings a focus for organization, responsibility, and transparency. Prior to joining the Foundation and Alscott, Inc. as Controller in 2017, Sam was a managing director with Deloitte & Touche LLP, where he held various roles throughout the country. Although a transplant with his family to the area in 2012, Sam is a proud Idahoan. He is passionate about youth soccer as a coach for the Indie Chicas FC and Idaho Juniors FC organizations, where his daughter and son play, respectively.
- Sean HarrisIT DirectorView BioSean has 20 plus years of experience in the field of information technology in both the public and corporate sectors. He has been responsible for and managed many IT initiatives which include the incorporation of virtualization technology, network design and deployment, and cloud-based service catalog solutions for state agencies to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to joining the Foundation as IT Director in 2018, Sean worked at Dell EMC as an IT Project Manager and at Southwest District Health as an IT Database Analyst. Sean enjoys camping, fishing, skiing, golf, and especially participating in any sports his kids are doing at that time.
- Devon WilliamsCreator of First ImpressionsView BioDevon has a strong background in customer service, technology, and social media. Prior to joining the Foundation as Creator of First Impressions in 2017, she worked as a logistics coordinator in the maritime industry. Her time there taught her how to interact with different kinds of people with all different backgrounds. Devon graduated from Boise State University in spring 2015 and majored in Communications with an emphasis in Media Studies and a minor in American Sign Language. She is an avid sushi eater, organizing guru, she always makes sure everyone is having a good time, and will do so with a smile on her face!
Board of Directors
“Never have so much experience that you know something cannot be done.”
~ Joe Albertson
Joe Albertson opened his first grocery store in Boise in 1939. He often said that the people who worked for him were his greatest asset. Joe was committed to giving young people an opportunity to excel. Today, Joe’s family continues this commitment through the work of their private family Foundation.
A family foundation is one in which family members play a significant role in governing, managing and adhering to the intent of the donor and the donor’s family. Members of the Albertson family serve on a seven-member board of directors: J.B. Scott is the grandson of Joe and Kathryn Albertson; Jamie Jo Scott is J.B. Scott’s daughter, Brian Scott is J.B. Scott’s son and J.L. Scott is J.B. Scott’s father.
The Board sets policy and delegates authority to the Foundation’s CEO and senior staff for Foundation operations.
Board of Directors
J.B. Scott, Chairman
Brady Panatopoulos, Director | Chief Executive Officer
Jamie Jo Scott, Foundation President
Brian Naeve, Director | Secretary/Treasurer
Brian Scott, Director
Gary G. Michael, Director
J.L. Scott, Director
Toby Prehn, Director