Don 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 the power to advance economically. Don previously directed Irvine’s grantmaking as Executive Vice President.

He serves on the Public Policy Institute of California’s Leadership Council, the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s External Leadership Advisory Council, the Partnership for Public Service’s Partnership West Advisory Council, and the California Policy Lab Advisory Board.

As a partner at The Bridgespan Group, Don led the San Francisco office and advised nonprofits and foundations on strategy, and he advised corporations while at Booz Allen Hamilton and Scient Corporation.

Don has been an activist around HIV issues and a volunteer (USAID) adviser for small businesses in Poland. He has written and spoken on philanthropic strategy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.

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