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Don Howard

President and Chief Executive Officer, The James Irvine Foundation

Don Howard is President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine Foundation, leading the recent transition to a focus on expanding economic and political opportunity for Californians who are working but struggling with poverty. Before becoming CEO in 2014, he was Irvine’s Executive Vice President, directing program and grantmaking activities.

Previously, Don was a partner at The Bridgespan Group, leading their San Francisco office and advising nonprofit leaders. He also helped corporate leaders with strategy and organizational effectiveness as a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton and as a Managing Director at the Scient Corporation.

As a volunteer, Don has been an activist around HIV and health issues, and he held a USAID posting to advise private enterprises in Central Europe. He has written, spoken, and taught classes on philanthropic strategy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.

Don earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and an M.B.A. from Stanford University.