by LIZ ONUFER | photo by Soul of Photography

A Strong Family Legacy

With a surname like Hearst, Alexis is guided by the large hearts of her family. Raised in Los Angeles, Alexis Hearst brings her passion and commitment to philanthropic causes home to Rancho Santa Fe.
The Hearst women have a long history of altruism. Alexis’s mother, Mary Hearst Ives, a long-time resident of McCloud, CA, was a key founder of the McCloud Healthcare Clinic, a full-service nonprofit medical center serving the small mountain community. Alexis’s great-great grandmother, Phoebe Hearst, was the co-founder of the National Congress of Mothers, today known as the National Parent Teacher Association. “The Hearst women have been a driving force over the generations, and I hope to make a notable contribution to the betterment of the health and welfare of children in any way I can,” Alexis acknowledged.

After working in the television and fashion industries, Alexis realized she wanted to pursue something else. She found her real connection when she began teaching foster children with special needs. “That experience has helped to direct my focus of attention to the things that matter most to me this day,” Alexis shared.’

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What matters most to Alexis is family – her sons, Colin, 10, and Gavin, 7. She carries her teaching experience into her role as a mother. Gavin, who faces learning challenges, was not receiving the support he needed at his private school, a common issue for small schools that lack the programs of public education. “One of my ongoing goals is to bring programs that support children with special needs to fruition at the private school level,” Alexis stated. Her commitment extends to children’s health care, as well. Her experience with her sons’ esophageal disorder was the catalyst for her involvement at Rady Children’s Hospital. “It starts with a personal experience and becomes a personal mission,” Alexis explained.

Alexis does save time for another passion – riding horses. Following in the family footsteps, Alexis has been riding since she was five. Her father was a polo player in L.A., and her grandfather, a well-known cowboy, was considered “one of the best” in the cutting world. Today, Alexis rides four to five days a week. “I love saddling up, riding, and hitting the trails whenever I want,” Alexis shared.


AT-A-GLANCE

Name: Alexis Hearst
Profession: CEO of Household
Community: House in RSF to come; been in North County San Diego for 10 years
Hobbies: Horseback riding, entertaining at home with friends and family, and travel
Favorite Local Spots: Sushi spots, most restaurants by the beach, Poseidon, Pacific Coast Grill