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Portrait of Don J. Howard

Don J. Howard

President and CEO

The James Irvine Foundation

Don Howard is president and CEO of the James Irvine Foundation, leading the foundation to focus on one goal: ensuring all low-income workers in California have the power to advance economically. He previously directed Irvine’s grantmaking as executive vice president. He serves on the Public Policy Institute of California’s Statewide Leadership Council and Statewide Survey Advisory Committee, as well as the Partnership for Public Service’s Partnership West Advisory Council, and the California Policy Lab Advisory Board. As a partner at the Bridgespan Group, he led the San Francisco office and advised nonprofits and foundations on strategy. He advised corporations in his roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Scient Corporation. He has been an activist around HIV issues and a volunteer (USAID) adviser for small businesses in Poland, and has written and spoken on philanthropic strategy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.