Leader Jones selects Ginger Couvrette as “Woman of the Year” for Senate District 40

Jones also honors 10 Distinguished Women of California Senate District 40

Senate Minority Leader Brian W. Jones (R-San Diego) has named Ginger Couvrette as the 2024 “Woman of the Year” and recognized 10 “Distinguished Women” of Senate District 40.


"Ginger's unwavering dedication to community betterment shines through in every endeavor," said Leader Jones. "From her pivotal roles in education and real estate to her extensive volunteer work and leadership positions, her contributions have truly transformed Poway. Congratulations to Ginger for her relentless commitment to making our community thrive."


Ginger Couvrette, “Woman of the Year for Senate District 40,” is a dedicated community leader and 30-year resident in the City of Poway. She exemplifies a lifetime commitment to service and advocacy. She raised her family in Poway, and her volunteering matured as her kids grew. With a profound passion for her community, Ginger has served as a vital member of the Poway Unified School District Board, advocating tirelessly for initiatives such as career technology education, homeless student services, and dual college enrollment. 


As co-founder of the non-profit Poway Community Foundation, she has played a pivotal role in fostering community cohesion and support. Beyond her professional achievements as CEO of Halcyon Real Estate, where she ranks among the top 1% of sales, Ginger extends her influence through her roles on various advisory boards, including the Government Advisor Board for the San Diego Association of Realtors. Her dedication to uplifting others is further demonstrated through her involvement with The Oasis Center on the Board of Directors and her coordination of the Chaparral Elementary Thanksgiving family meal program. With a rich history of leadership spanning organizations such as the Poway Sports Association and the Poway Parks & Recreation Committee, Ginger's commitment to enhancing the quality of life for residents shines through in every endeavor.


“Thank you to Senator Jones for this honor,” said Ginger Couvrette. “To be surrounded by so many amazing ladies doing so many wonderful things for the community, I am humbled yet energized! I am happy to include all those committee members from our various community activities who help serve Poway and make it such a special place.”


Leader Jones also recognized the following “Distinguished Women of Senate District 40”:

  • Dr. Lynn Ceresino Neault: Chancellor of Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District
  • Sally Cox: CEO of the Foundation for Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges
  • Jill Fleming: Director of 678 Pageants, Lakeside, Ramona, and Julian
  • Jacqueline “Jackie” Heyneman: Save Our Forest, Fallbrook Scarecrow Days, “Perking up Pico” and ‘Take a Seat” Fundraiser
  • Hon. Lara Hoefer Moir: Lakeside Union School District Board Member & Lakeside Chamber of Commerce 
  • Eileen Kaufman: Rancho Bernardo Community & 4 Paws of Love
  • Susan Lancaster: Descanso Town Hall Association
  • Hon. Robin Maxson: Ramona Community Planning Group, Ramona Grant Steering Committee & San Diego County Association of Planning Groups 
  • Yessenia Mendoza: Escondido Chamber Charitable Foundation & Escondido Chamber of Commerce
  • Coleen Owens: Lakeside Historical Society, Maine Ave. Revitalization Assoc. & Lakeside VFW Auxiliary


“In addition to our ‘Woman of the Year,’ we have many noteworthy and honorable women in Senate District 40,” continued Leader Jones. “All these women help make our community thrive and they all deserve recognition.”


Since 1987 the Legislative Women’s Caucus has encouraged all legislators to recognize a special woman in their district each year in honor of “Women’s History Month,” which occurs in March.