SACRAMENTO –Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) has awarded Pacific Grove resident and community leader Mrs. Ann Todd Jealous with the 2016 Woman of the Year designation for the 29th Assembly District.
Jealous is a longtime civil rights activist, teacher, therapist, and author. She dedicates her time to conflict resolution and diversity training at the National Coalition Building Institute and The Village Project, Inc., a non-profit Afro-centric counseling center based in Seaside.
“Mrs. Jealous has served our community for many years, and I’m proud to honor her as the Woman of the Year for this Assembly District,” said Stone. “She has enriched the lives of so many residents in the Monterey Bay area through her selfless and tireless work fighting racism and advocating for human rights.”
For more than ten years, Jealous taught college students in Ohio, San Diego and Monterey. In 2008, she retired from 27 years of practice as one of the very few African American licensed Marriage & Family Therapists on the Monterey Peninsula. In 2009, she published a memoir of her experience in the Peace Corps in the Philippines in the 1960s. In 2013, Potomac Books published Combined Destinies: Whites Sharing Grief about Racism, an anthology that she co-authored and co-edited. In 2014, the book won an Indie Book Award for best anthology of the year.
Jealous is a third generation member of the NAACP. She is also a founding member of the Monterey Chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute and has worked as a volunteer co-facilitator of multicultural workshops for more than 20 years. She also served as Chairperson of the Board of Directors of The Village Project, Inc., a non-profit Afro-centric counseling center for historically underserved populations on the Monterey Peninsula. She continues to serve on that board, to work as a diversity training and conflict-resolution consultant, and to facilitate conversations about racism.
Jealous has been in an interracial marriage with Fred Jealous for 49 years, a marriage that began in Washington, D.C. because of Jim Crow laws in her home state of Maryland. They have a daughter, a son, a son-in-law, and 3 grandchildren.