Independent, objective, nonpartisan research
Portrait of Don J. Howard

Don J. Howard

Don J. Howard is president and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation. He led the foundation to focus on a singular goal: ensuring all low-income workers in California have the power to advance economically. He first joined Irvine in 2013 as executive vice president directing grantmaking activities. Previously, he was a partner at the Bridgespan Group, advising nonprofit and foundation leaders on strategy and leading its San Francisco office. He also advised corporate leaders in roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Scient Corporation. He has been an activist around HIV issues and was a volunteer (USAID) adviser for small businesses in Poland. He has written, spoken, and lectured on philanthropic strategy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. He serves on the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s External Leadership Advisory Council. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.