Jean Schulz is a well-known Sonoma County philanthropist and volunteer. Born in1939, Schulz spent her childhood on her parents avocado ranch in San Diego, California. She attended Pomona College and graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. In 1973, Jean Schulz married Charles Schulz, the creator of the ‘Peanuts’ comic strip.
For over 50 years, Jean Schulz has been a hands-on local humanitarian and philanthropist contributing time and money to a multitude of projects, the majority of which focus on services for the disabled and universal access to higher education. She was national president of Canine Companions, the Santa Rosa based nonprofit agency that trains service dogs for adults and children with disabilities. She remains involved as a national board member and board chair emeritus. Schulz even donated the land on which the company is housed in Santa Rosa.
Schulz was also an active member of the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County’s board for decades and was a co-founder of the Sonoma County Community Foundation, which helps a variety of community organizations. One of Schulz’s many projects included an endowment to Sonoma State University that funded the building of the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center, which houses the Library. In honor of her philanthropy, Schulz was awarded an honorary doctorate from Sonoma State University in 1994. Schulz is still an active board member of various community groups and an enduring humanitarian and philanthropist. Currently, she is the President of the Board of Directors for the Charles M. Schulz Museum.