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Publication: 2012-11-25



Name:Owen Ambur


Name:James Irvine Foundation


James Irvine, a California agricultural pioneer, established the Foundation in 1937 to benefit the people of California. Since then, the Foundation has met the objectives of its founder by providing more than $1.3 billion in grants to over 3,500 nonprofit organizations across the state.


  • People of California

  • Nonprofit Organizations In California

  • James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors

  • Peter J. Taylor(Chair) Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, University of California

  • Gregory M. Avis(Vice Chair) Founding Managing Director, Summit Partners

  • James E. CanalesPresident and CEO, The James Irvine Foundation -- Jim Canales was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine Foundation in 2003. Prior to that appointment, he served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary for the Foundation from 1999 to 2003, providing oversight for Irvine's grantmaking, communications and evaluation activities. Jim's service at Irvine began in 1993 and has included roles as Special Assistant to the President, Program Officer and Chief Administrative Officer. During his tenure as President, the Foundation has taken a more targeted approach in its grantmaking programs, focusing its resources on three areas — Arts, California Democracy and Youth — of critical significance to California's future. A graduate of Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in education, Jim is actively engaged with a variety of organizations. He serves on the Boards of Trustees of Stanford University and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and on the Board of Directors of the College Access Foundation of California, a private foundation dedicated to assisting California students who have financial need attend college. Jim's previous board memberships include KQED Public Broadcasting, where he served on the board from 1999 to 2005, including two years as Chair in 2003 and 2004; the Stanford Alumni Association, where he served on the board from 1997 to 2005, including two years as Chair from 2003 to 2005; and BoardSource in Washington, D.C. Jim is also a former Chair and board member for Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco. In 2010, Jim was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council for Community Solutions, established to encourage the growth and maximize the impact of innovative community solutions and civic participation by all Americans. Jim has also been active with various professional associations in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, including Independent Sector and Southern California Grantmakers in Los Angeles. He is a cofounder and past Board Chair for Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), a philanthropic affinity group committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. His writing on topics related to California and the philanthropic sector has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy, among other publications

  • Jane W. CarneyJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Partner, Roth Carney Knudsen LLP

  • Paula A. CordeiroJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Dean, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, University of San Diego

  • Frank H. CruzJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- President, Cruz and Associates

  • Robert E. DenhamJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Partner, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP

  • Samuel HoiJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- President, Otis College of Art and Design

  • David Mas MasumotoJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Farmer and author

  • Regina Liang MuehlhauserJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- President (retired), Bank of America San Francisco

  • Molly MungerJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Cofounder and Partner, English, Munger & Rice

  • Virgil RobertsJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Cofounder and Managing Partner, Bobbitt & Roberts

  • Steven A. Schroeder, M.D.James Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Distinguished Professor of Health and Health Care, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

  • Isaac SteinJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Founder and President, Waverley Associates

  • Lydia M. VillarrealJames Irvine Foundation Board of Directors Member -- Judge, California Superior Court, Monterey County

  • James Irvine Foundation Staff

  • Danielle EdmondsExecutive Assistant -- Danielle Edmonds joined the Foundation as Executive Assistant to the President and CEO in June 2012. Prior to joining Irvine, she served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Onyx Pharmaceuticals, a small biotech company dedicated to changing the way cancers are treated and improving the lives of patients. Before that, she served as Communications Manager for KQED Public Broadcasting, as Office Coordinator for the historic Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, and as an Office and Research Assistant for the Great Place To Work Institute. Danielle is a Notary Public, a Certified Administrative Professional with a specialty in Organizational Management, holds a master's certificate in Business Process Management from the University of San Francisco, and currently serves on the advisory board of the Administrative Professionals Conference, the advisory council for the Harvard Business Review, and as a mentor for the American Society of Administrative Professionals.

  • Don HowardExecutive Vice President -- As Executive Vice President, Don Howard oversees the Foundation's program and grantmaking activities. He also helps lead the Foundation's ongoing efforts to deepen, extend and amplify the impact of our work. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2012, Don was a partner at The Bridgespan Group for over a decade where he was a strategic advisor to nonprofit and foundation leaders and led Bridgespan's San Francisco office. As part of this work, he managed Irvine's strategic planning process in 2002-2003 that led to the Foundation's current focus in Arts, California Democracy and Youth. Earlier in his career, Don helped corporate leaders formulate strategy and improve the effectiveness of their organizations as a Principal at Booz Allen and Hamilton and later as a Managing Director at the Scient Corporation. Don grew up in Long Beach, in southern California, before coming to the Bay Area to earn his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering at Stanford University. He later returned to Stanford to obtain his Master's in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business. He currently co-teaches a class on social entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. As a volunteer, Don has been an activist around HIV and other health-related issues, serving in the past on advisory boards at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, UCSF, and the National Institutes of Health. He has acted as an advisor to the boards of several San Francisco community-based organizations and is currently serving on the board of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where he heads up the HIV Prevention Services Committee. Don also has worked extensively outside the U.S., including a volunteer posting with a U.S. AID-sponsored initiative to provide business advice to private enterprises in Central Europe.

  • Anne K. VallySenior Program Officer, Special Initiatives -- Anne Vally joined the Irvine Foundation in 2000 and currently serves as Senior Program Officer, Special Initiatives. She is responsible for clusters of grants that cross program lines, particularly those involving community foundations and grantees located in Irvine's priority regions of the San Joaquin Valley and Inland Empire. Prior to joining Irvine, Anne lived in London and worked as personal assistant to Tony Stone, founder of the visual content company Tony Stone Images (now Getty Images). Anne has authored two novels, published under her maiden name of Fisher: The Legend of Tommy Morris (Amber Allen Publishing, 1996), which was named Best First Novel of 1996 by the Georgia Author of the Year Awards, and The Masters of the Spirit (HarperSanFrancisco, 1997). Anne received a bachelor's degree in political, legal and economic analysis from Mills College.

  • Kevin RafterManager, Research and Evaluation -- Kevin Rafter was appointed Manager, Research and Evaluation in December 2010, having previously served the Foundation as Special Assistant to the Vice President for Programs. Kevin manages research and evaluation across the Foundation's program areas and leads our annual foundation-wide assessments. Prior to joining Irvine, Kevin conducted research on the nonprofit sector as Research Associate at the Institute for Nonprofit Organization Management at the University of San Francisco, where he developed a program of regional nonprofit sector reports analyzing the strength of the sector in various parts of California. Kevin has also conducted data analysis and GIS mapping for a range of nonprofit organizations and academic researchers as a consultant. Kevin has a doctoral degree from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His dissertation analyzed the location of nonprofit social service organizations relative to social needs and financial resources across two regions of Northern California. He also serves on the board of the North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association in San Francisco.

  • Josephine RamirezArts Program Director (Los Angeles) -- Josephine Ramirez was appointed Program Director in January 2010, with overall responsibility for the Foundation's Arts program. Before joining Irvine, Josephine was Vice President of Programming and Planning for the Music Center in Los Angeles, where she founded the programming department in 2003 and launched several groundbreaking initiatives. Previously, she was a Program Officer at the Getty Foundation, managing funding in the areas of arts leadership development, Los Angeles cultural organizations, arts education research and arts policy. Also at the Getty, she was Research Associate at the Research Institute, creating and implementing a multi-year investigation of the connections between art making and civic participation. Earlier, Josephine worked as an independent consultant to cultural organizations around the country, producing large and small-scale performance events. She was the Community Arts Coordinator for the King County Arts Commission in Seattle before moving to California in 1989. For the city of Los Angeles, she currently serves as Vice President of the Cultural Affairs Commission. She is a former Loeb Fellow at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, an award that supported her research on informal, nonprofessional art making and its relationship to individual and community vitality. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Josephine earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in theater from the University of Washington.

  • Rick NoguchiSenior Arts Program Officer (Los Angeles) -- Rick Noguchi joined the The James Irvine Foundation in 2008 as a Program Officer for the Arts and was appointed Senior Program Officer in 2010. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rick served as Program Officer in Arts and Human Development at the California Community Foundation, overseeing the design, management and implementation of the multi-issue program. He was responsible for developing the primary grantmaking strategies in the arts, aging, at-risk youth, and disability. Rick has also served in a variety of programming, fundraising and management positions with the Arizona Humanities Council, the Japanese American National Museum, the UCLA Extension Writers' Program and the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In addition, he is national award-winning writer with two collections of poetry: The Wave He Caught (Pearl Editions, 1995) and The Ocean Inside Kenji Takezo (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996). He also co-wrote a children's book, Flowers from Mariko (Lee & Low, 2001) with Deneen Jenks. Rick received a bachelor's degree from California State University, Long Beach, where he majored in English and minored in American Indian studies. He also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Arizona State University and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.

  • Ted RussellSenior Arts Program Officer -- Ted Russell was appointed Senior Program Officer for the Arts in December 2005. Prior to joining Irvine, Ted was Director of Marketing at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, Calif. He also has served in a variety of creative marketing and audience development positions at the San Francisco Symphony, La Jolla Playhouse and Malashock Dance & Company in San Diego, and as director of the Jazz at the Wadsworth series at the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, Ted has successfully developed and implemented media and marketing plans for as Senior Manager of Online Marketing and for as Marketing Director. Ted has served as a board member and committee chair for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the Joe Goode Performance Group, and is the former Co-Chair of Northern California Grantmakers' Arts Loan Fund. Ted currently serves as a board and executive committee member for the Independent Television Service (ITVS). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mechanical engineering from Yale University and an MBA in arts management from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

  • Jeanne SakamotoSenior Arts Program Officer (Los Angeles) -- Jeanne Sakamoto was appointed Senior Program Officer in September 2007, having previously served as Program Officer and Program Associate since joining the Foundation in 2004. Prior to joining Irvine, Jeanne worked for six years at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, one of the largest ethnic arts and cultural centers in the country. She worked at the center as a J. Paul Getty Grant Multicultural Intern, Program Assistant, Donor and Community Relations Manager, Assistant to the President, and most recently as Director of Special Initiatives, directing the planning and execution of major community development projects and communications activities. Jeanne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications studies with a specialization in business administration from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also a graduate of Georgetown University's Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate Program.

  • Gerlie ColladoArts Program Associate (Los Angeles) -- Gerlie Collado was appointed Program Associate for the Arts in June 2010. Prior to joining Irvine, Gerlie was the Communications Associate at the California Community Foundation where she contributed to the foundation's marketing, communications and public relations activities. She has also served as development manager for Search to Involve Pilipino Americans, a health and human services agency serving multi-ethnic youth and families in Los Angeles' Historic Filipinotown. As a long-time volunteer of FilAm ARTs, the presenter of Los Angeles' annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture, Gerlie served as the vice chair of the organization's governing board from 2007 to 2010. Gerlie holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of San Francisco.

  • Amy Dominguez-ArmsCalifornia Democracy Program Director -- Amy Dominguez-Arms was appointed Program Director in May 2004 and has principal responsibility for the Foundation's California Democracy program. In this role, Amy facilitated a partnership with four other foundations to launch California Forward, a bipartisan state governance and fiscal reform effort. She also led the development of the annual James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Prior to joining Irvine, Amy served as Acting President and Vice President of Children Now, an independent, nonpartisan organization that uses research and action to improve children's lives. At Children Now, she led the development and implementation of policy and communications activities to increase children's access to quality child care, after-school care, health care and positive media. In 2003, Amy was named Professional Child Advocate of the Year by Voices for America's Children. Prior to joining Children Now, Amy worked in Sacramento as a Legislative Assistant to the Speaker Pro Tempore and as an Executive Fellow with the California Health and Welfare Agency. A graduate of Stanford University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in international relations and Spanish, she also holds a Master of Arts in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

  • Catherine HazeltonCalifornia Democracy Senior Program Officer -- Catherine Hazelton was appointed Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy program in 2009. At Irvine, Catherine is primarily engaged in grantmaking related to governance reform issues, including redistricting and elections, and public media coverage of governance issues. She also manages many aspects of the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards. Before joining Irvine, Catherine served as Associate Director of the nonprofit Fight Crime: Invest in Kids California. Working with California's law enforcement leaders, she devised and implemented strategies to earn public investments in early education programs. Previously, she spent three years as a Senior Legislative Aide to Assemblywoman Carol Liu and two years as a legislative aide and field representative to Assemblyman Jack Scott. Catherine also served as a scheduling director on Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign and in various capacities on California initiative, legislative and congressional campaigns. Since 1997, Catherine has volunteered with the California National Organization for Women, serving on the Political Action Committee, advising the group on policy issues and leading a chapter. She currently serves on the board of Help A Mother Out, an organization that provides free diapers to families in need. Catherine completed her master's degree in public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and earned her bachelor's degree in history at Scripps College. She also attended Pasadena City College where she trained hundreds of students in grassroots advocacy and organized dozens of state and federal student lobbying trips. Her research related to redistricting reform and women in California politics has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Policy Matters and other publications.

  • Connie Galambos MalloyCalifornia Democracy Senior Program Officer -- Connie Galambos Malloy was appointed Senior Program Officer for the California Democracy program in 2012. At Irvine, Connie is engaged in grantmaking related to civic engagement and governance reform. Connie currently serves as a Commissioner for the first-ever California Citizens Redistricting Commission. Charged with implementation of Propositions 11 and 20, the Voters First Act and Voters First Act for Congress, respectively, the commission oversaw an intensive civic education, engagement and map-making process for the state in 2011. On August 15, 2011, the commission certified final Assembly, Senate, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts that will guide elections over the next ten years. Connie's interviews and articles on redistricting reform have been featured in such outlets as the San Francisco Chronicle, Univision, and KQED's This Week in Northern California. Before joining Irvine, Connie served as Senior Director of Programs for Urban Habitat, a nonprofit in Oakland, California. Connie directed Urban Habitat's environmental justice planning, policy and movement-building work across California and helped develop the landmark Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute model. The institute was launched in 2009 to identify, train, place and support low-income people and people of color for priority public-sector commissions throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception, the institute has broken down institutional barriers and helped dispel perceptions about the "lack of qualified candidates" to serve on decision-making bodies in the Bay Area. Prior to Urban Habitat, Connie led the Regional Sustainability Initiative at Redefining Progress. She started her career in resource distribution and planning for United Way in Riverside, California, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia. Through a graduate fellowship from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Connie also supported the Earned Asset Resource Network (EARN), Spanish-Speaking Unity Council, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy (SAJE) on local community planning projects. She earned her master's degree in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in communications and Spanish from La Sierra University. Connie acts as Membership Inclusion Director for the American Planning Association's California Chapter, seeding diversity initiatives within the urban planning profession. In 2012, Connie was inducted into the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame for her environmental justice leadership. She previously served on the board of the California Planning Foundation and was a founding board member of AFAAD: Adopted & Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora.

  • Jessica ShaoCalifornia Democracy Program Associate -- Jessica Shao was appointed Program Associate for the California Democracy program in October 2010. Prior to joining Irvine, Jessica was an Associate at Korwin Consulting, an independent evaluation firm based in Oakland, Calif., where she led the evaluation of various programs related to foster youth development, women's empowerment, and policy advocacy efforts in California and nationwide. Prior to that, Jessica spent five years in fundraising and development for a range of nonprofit organizations domestically and abroad. Most recently, she served as the Senior Resource Development Officer at the Asia Foundation, working to support governance and economic reform initiatives in Asia. Before that, Jessica was the Development Associate at Opportunity Fund, a microfinance organization located in San Jose, Calif., and a former Irvine grantee. In addition, Jessica has worked on international development and fundraising for nonprofits in Mexico, South America and China. Jessica is a native of San Francisco and speaks fluent Cantonese and Mandarin, and conversational Japanese and Spanish. She holds a master's degree in sustainable international development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. Jessica completed her undergraduate studies at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., with a bachelor's degree in global economics relations and Japanese.

  • Anne B. StantonYouth Program Director -- Anne Stanton was appointed Program Director in November 2003, with principal responsibility for the Foundation's Youth program. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anne served as the Executive Director of Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco from 1994 to 2003. During her tenure, she led the organization's growth from a $3.5 million budget with 50 employees to an $8.7 million budget with a staff of 115, operating 18 programs from 10 sites that served approximately 3,000 homeless and runaway youth each year. Before joining Larkin Street, Anne served as Associate Executive Director of Covenant House in New York City. In 2005, Anne was appointed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell to the newly established California P-16 Council, a statewide assembly of education, business and community leaders charged with developing strategies to better coordinate, integrate and improve education for preschool through college students. In 2009, she was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Grantmakers for Education, a membership organization for private and public philanthropies that support improved education outcomes for students from early childhood through higher education. Anne holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a master's degree in social work from New York University. She is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management and of the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

  • Aaron PickSenior Youth Program Officer -- Aaron Pick was appointed Senior Program Officer for the Youth Program in February 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation, Aaron was a consultant for The Bridgespan Group, where he worked with a broad range of philanthropic clients on strategic planning projects designed to increase their impact and reach. Before working at Bridgespan, Aaron served as Executive Director for LA VIDA Education, a nonprofit he founded in 2003 to provide educational resources and school partnership programs for communities in Nicaragua. After founding LA VIDA Education, Aaron lived in Nicaragua for three years to get the organization established and build a network of learning centers across the country. The organization is now fully staffed by Nicaraguans and runs one of the most visited libraries in the country with more than 100,000 visits over the past four years. Aaron continues to serve as Board Chair of LA VIDA Education and is a member the Advisory Board for Friends of San Juan de Oriente. Aaron also worked as a high school math teacher for San Jose Unified School District and began his career as a consultant for Accenture in their government practice. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Santa Clara University and an MBA from UC Berkeley. As a Gap Scholar fellowship recipient in corporate social responsibility at UC Berkeley, he worked with Gap Inc. to develop a strategy for identifying and funding nonprofits that run education and health programs for indigenous women and youth in Central America.

  • Vince StewartSenior Youth Program Officer -- Vince Stewart was appointed Senior Program Officer in April 2010. Prior to joining the Foundation, he served as the Associate Director for Institutional Relations for the University of California, Office of the President, where he was responsible for managing the university's system-wide advocacy efforts. Prior to returning to the University in 2009, Vince was the Deputy Secretary for Higher Education and Workforce Development in the Governor's Office of the Secretary of Education, where he focused on refining and implementing the Schwarzenegger administration's career technical education initiative, aligning public postsecondary education degree programs with the state's workforce needs, improving K-12 teacher recruitment and education programs, and creating educational and career pathways for California's veterans. As Deputy Secretary, Vince led the governor's Engineering Education Initiative, which was focused on creating postsecondary educational pathways in high-need engineering fields. Before joining the Governor's office, Vince served as the Director for Federal Government Relations at UC Davis, where he managed the university's federal policy agenda. From 1999 to 2004, Vince was a Legislative Director in the Office of State Governmental Relations for the UC Office of the President and was responsible for managing the university's legislative portfolio in the areas of undergraduate and graduate education, with a particular emphasis on academic preparation and teacher education programs. Prior to joining the university, Vince was a legislative advocate with the California School Boards Association where he worked on a wide range of issues, including charter schools, K-12 governance and school safety. Vince holds a bachelor's degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Davis.

  • Kenji TreanorYouth Program Officer -- Kenji Treanor was appointed Program Officer in the Youth program in January 2010, having previously served the Foundation as Grants Manger and Program Associate, Youth. Prior to joining Irvine in 2004, Kenji was as an Administrative Coordinator in the Office of University Development at San Francisco State University. He also has held positions as a consultant to the San Rafael City Schools and as a Program Coordinator at the Youth Leadership Institute for community-based grantmaking programs in San Francisco and Marin counties. Kenji cofounded and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Next Generation Scholars, a community-based organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for low-income youth in Marin County. Kenji holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor's degree in American studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he graduated with honors and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He also holds certification in nonprofit management from San Jose State University.

  • Zuleika GodinezYouth Program Associate -- Zuleika Godinez was appointed Program Associate for the Youth program in March 2011. Prior to joining the Foundation, Zuleika was on staff at Miller Law Group, a women-owned law firm in San Francisco, where she assisted attorneys in all aspects of litigation and office support. Before that, she was a Program Coordinator at Next Generation Scholars, a comprehensive academics and wrap-around social service program in Marin County working to create a clear pathway for low-income youth to gain access to top four-year colleges. She has also worked with day labor organizations and educational equity for immigrant families in Southern California. Zuleika holds a bachelor's degree in public policy analysis and sociology from Pomona College. She was also a fellow at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy and Management through the Public Policy and International Affairs program.

  • Daniel Olias SilvermanDirector of Communications and Corporate Secretary -- Daniel Olias Silverman was appointed Director of Communications in December 2005 and Corporate Secretary in December 2006. Daniel leads the Foundation's use of communications strategies to advance its programmatic goals. Prior to joining the Foundation, Daniel served as Senior Vice President at Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. He has provided communications counsel to a wide range of foundations and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strategic planning, communications campaigns and communications training. He has extensive experience developing and executing communications and campaign strategies for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Goldman Environmental Foundation and the California Council for the Humanities, among others. Daniel has trained hundreds of executive directors, advocates and researchers in all aspects of public speaking and media relations. Prior to joining Fenton in 2000, Daniel served as National Media Director for the Sierra Club and as National Field Director for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. Daniel holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He serves on the board of directors of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.

  • Alex BarnumCommunications Officer -- Alex Barnum was appointed Communications Officer in April 2006. Prior to joining Irvine, Alex spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist, much of it as a writer and editor for the San Francisco Chronicle. For six years, he was the newspaper's editor for science, health and environmental coverage, during which time he led the development of a weekly science page. As a reporter, he covered a variety of beats, including consumer health and the environment, and won a number of awards for his writing. Before joining the Chronicle, Alex was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, covering business and technology, and was a member of the paper's staff when it won the Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. His writing has also appeared in The Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune and other publications. Alex holds a bachelor's degree in economics and environment studies from Antioch College and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 1994 to 1995, he was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

  • Ray DelgadoCommunications Officer and Assistant Corporate Secretary -- Ray Delgado was appointed Communications Officer in January 2011 and Assistant Corporate Secretary in January 2008, having previously served as Communications Manager since 2006. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ray served as Assistant Editor and University Governance Reporter for the Stanford News Service at Stanford University. In that role, Ray helped produce a weekly newspaper for the university community, was involved in developing communications strategies for a variety of university initiatives and handled media inquiries. Before working at Stanford, Ray was a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner, where he wrote extensively about education and local and state government issues. He serves on the board of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which seeks to reduce the number of new infections in San Francisco through education and advocacy efforts and provides direct services to people living with HIV. A native of the Los Angeles area, Ray graduated from the University of Southern California with Bachelor of Arts degrees in print journalism and political science.

  • Thuy Nguyen KumarCommunications Associate -- Thuy Nguyen Kumar was appointed Communications Associate in 2007. Prior to joining the Foundation, Thuy was Senior Membership Manager of the Independent Press Association, where she was responsible for organizing quarterly events and the annual national conference, and oversaw membership communications. Before that, she was an Advertising Account Assistant for The Chronicle of Higher Education and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, supporting recruitment advertising and marketing efforts. She served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Washington, D.C., doing community outreach and teaching middle school students about substance abuse prevention and HIV and AIDS awareness. Thuy is currently the co-chair of the local Bay Area chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. Thuy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication with a concentration in public relations and advertising from the University of Portland.

  • John R. JenksChief Investment Officer and Treasurer -- John Jenks was appointed Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer for the Foundation in July 2002. John directs the Foundation's $1.4 billion endowment and develops its investment policy and strategy. Under his tenure, the Foundation adopted a new, long-term strategic asset allocation plan, significantly diversifying its portfolio and increasing its investments in alternative asset classes. Prior to joining Irvine, he served as Chief Investment Officer for the state of Alaska, guiding a $20 billion investment portfolio, including the Public Employees' Retirement System, the Teachers' Retirement System, the Children's Trust and the State General Fund. A native of Washington state, John holds a bachelor's degree in finance and a master's degree in accounting from Washington State University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. John serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation Financial Officers Group and as Treasurer on the boards of both the Contra Costa Crisis Center and On Lok, a nonprofit organization that provides health and other services to seniors living in San Francisco and surrounding communities.

  • Jeffrey P. MalloyDirector of Finance and Administration -- Jeffrey P. Malloy was appointed Director of Finance and Administration in July 2007. His duties include oversight of accounting and budgetary processes, grants administration, human resources, information technology and operations. In addition, Jeff consults with grantees on their finances and directs Irvine's Fund for Financial Restructuring, which supports selected Irvine grantees in developing long-term financial plans and adapting their operations to the current economic downturn. Jeff was selected to participate in the Council on Foundations' Career Pathways Program, which is designed to groom upcoming philanthropic leaders. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the New Conservatory Theater Center, on the Finance Committee of the Horizons Foundation and on the Administrative Program Committee of the Foundation Financial Officers' Group. Jeff came to Irvine with more than 24 years of business leadership and finance experience. He most recently served as General Manager at the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, where he had worked since 1996. He began his tenure at A.C.T. as Director of Finance, handling all aspects of financial operations for the organization. In the ensuing years, his role grew to assume additional oversight for human resources, information technology, publications, and operations and facilities. Prior to his work at A.C.T., Jeff served in senior finance roles with Fireman's Fund Insurance Co.; Examen, a legal services company; and Price Waterhouse. A graduate of Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J., Jeff is also a certified public accountant.

  • Betty BuiHuman Resources Manager -- Betty Bui was appointed Human Resources Manager in January 2006. In collaboration with the Director of Finance and Administration, Betty is responsible for all activities relating to benefits administration, employee relations, position classification, recruitment, staff development and training. Before joining the Foundation, Betty was Benefits/Employee Relations Coordinator at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, where she was responsible for the communications and management of health and welfare benefit activities, as well as employee relation issues. Prior to this, she held human resource positions at Target in San Jose; Informative in Brisbane; and the San Jose Medical Group. Betty received her bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Micky ShirleyAdministrative Assistant -- Micky Shirley joined the Foundation as Administrative Assistant in November 2002. Prior to Irvine, she served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director of the Breast Cancer Fund, where she was responsible for supporting the activities of the fund and for project management of its Prayer Flag Program, an online flag tribute. From 1996 to 2001, Micky served as Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and the Director of Conservation at the Sierra Club. Before that, she spent more than 10 years as an officer with the Pacific Bank in San Francisco. Among her many interests and activities, Micky is a Notary Public, serves on the board of the Lumen Foundation and has edited screenplays and published works, including an award-winning short story collection, Black Butterflies. Micky holds bachelor's degrees in English and psychology from San Jose State University.

  • Jayadi KusumahSenior Accountant -- Jayadi Kusumah was appointed Senior Accountant in July 2008. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jayadi was a senior accountant for two years at Douglas Telecommunications Inc., a privately held investment company. Previously, Jayadi served as a staff accountant for seven years at Argonaut Securities Co., which provides accounting services to the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, among other clients. He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Tridharma School of Economics in Bandung, Indonesia.

  • Agana MorenoStaff Accountant -- Agana Moreno was appointed Staff Accountant in September 2008. Prior to joining Irvine, Agana was a Staff Accountant for nine years at the East Bay Community Foundation. Previously, Agana served for two years as an Accounting Assistant for the Volunteers of America Bay Area, a nonprofit social services organization in the East Bay. She earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Guagua National Colleges in the Philippines. She is studying to get her certified public accountant license.

  • Cynthia WaiAccounts Payable Specialist -- Cynthia Wai was appointed Accounts Payable Specialist in April 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation, Cynthia worked as an Accounting Manager for a San Francisco-based wholesale jewelry store. In addition, she has served as a contract accounting provider for Billy Shen Art Direction since 2005. From 1976 to 1995, Cynthia was Controller for Demand Printing Solutions in San Francisco and continued as a consultant for the same company until 1999. Cynthia served as PTA President for the Herbert Hoover Middle School in 2000 and 2001 and was a member of the West Portal Elementary School Site Council for four years. Cynthia holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Francisco State University.

  • Kelly MartinSenior Grants Manager -- Kelly Martin was appointed Director of Grants Administration in 2008, assuming primary responsibility for the administration and legal compliance of the Foundation's grantmaking policies and procedures. Prior to this appointment, Kelly served as Grants Manager from 2004 to 2007, and she has served in the Foundation's Grants Administration department since 2001. Kelly is active in the Grants Managers Network, a national organization that provides a forum to exchange information about grants management and its relevance to efficient and effective grantmaking. She also serves on the board of WWOOF-USA, a worldwide effort to link volunteers with farmers, promote an educational exchange and build a global community conscious of ecological farming practices. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a bachelor's degree in community studies, she also holds a master's degree in public administration from California State University, Hayward.

  • Jessica HickokGrants Manager -- Jessica Hickok was appointed Grants Manager in March 2010. Prior to joining Irvine, Jessica was with the Koret Foundation for six years as a Program Assistant, Program Associate and most recently, as the Grants Manager. During her time as a program assistant and associate, she focused on K-12 education reform. As the Grants Manager, she oversaw all aspects of grants administration. Before joining Koret, Jessica was a Princeton-in-Africa Fellow at the Mpala Wildlife Foundation in Kenya, working in development and communications. Previously, she was the development associate at the Brooklyn Children's Museum. Jessica is a member of the Leadership San Francisco class of 2013, and was a 2008 member of the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute. Currently she serves as Finance Officer for the Flaming Lotus Girls, a collaborative, female-driven metal and fire arts group. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Jessica graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in comparative literature.

  • Drusilla JonesAdministrative Assistant -- Drusilla Jones was appointed Administrative Assistant in July 2002. Prior to joining Irvine, she was Administrative Assistant at the Booker T. Washington Community Service Center in San Francisco, an organization that provides services and after-school activities to low-income families. From 1993 to 2000, she worked as the Office Manager for Public Interest Lawyers Group, a firm specializing in civil rights and environmental issues. Drusilla holds certificates from City College of San Francisco in the fields of computerized accounting, microcomputer, word processing and office assistant.

  • Ekta ChopraDirector of Technology -- Ekta Chopra has been the Director of Technology since November 2012, leading the Foundation's use of information technology to advance its mission and goals. Her career has mostly been in high-growth retail, financial and manufacturing companies. She is a business-minded, quality-focused IT leader with more than 11 years of experience driving technology strategies and executing highly complex projects on time and within budget. Prior to joining Irvine, she served as the Vice President of Enterprise Resource Planning at Charming Charlie Inc. and as a Technology Director at Hancock Park and Associates. Ekta is a dynamic technology leader who builds, trains and manages diverse technical teams dedicated to delivering world-class technology and supporting mid to large-scale user databases. Her areas of expertise include e-commerce, business intelligence, ERP, disaster recovery and social media technologies, among others. Ekta holds a bachelor's degree in technology and operations management from Cal Poly Pomona.

  • Jeff BrandenburgManager of Technology -- Jeff Brandenburg joined the Foundation in November 2002. He is currently the Manager of Technology and is responsible for the Foundations information systems, including Internet technologies. Before joining Irvine, Jeff worked for ROI as an IT Manager, building and supporting an Internet data center, which provided Web hosting, customer management and e-marketing services. He also worked at Propel Software Corp. as a systems administrator, a role in which he designed, built and supported Internet data centers for Web applications focusing on e-commerce. From 1990 to 1999, Jeff worked at Bertelsmann Industry Services as Manager of Information Technology, developing technologies to connect a San Francisco and Los Angeles office while improving and supporting data processing technologies between a data publishing facility and a large printing facility. Jeff has worked in the information and technology sector since 1982, when he moved from Boston to San Francisco to work at the Recorder Printing & Publishing Company as a System Administrator. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Michigan State University.

  • Gerald SpicaApplications Developer/Architect -- Gerald Spica was appointed Applications Developer/Architect in December 2008, having served as Senior Systems Administrator and IT/Web Administrator since January 2005. Before joining Irvine, Gerald worked as a network security consultant at the Family Health Outcomes Project of the University of California, San Francisco, and as a technical consultant and Web developer for the Mendocino County Department of Public Health, where he developed and designed the Mendocino County Information Network website. Prior to this, he served as Webmaster to the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and as a technical consultant to the Partnership for the Public's Health in Oakland. Gerald holds a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and a certificate in intermediate French from Université Paul-Valéry in Montpellier, France.

  • Anne DinneenDirector of Investments -- Anne Dinneen has been with the Foundation since 2004 and was appointed Director of Investments in October 2008. In collaboration with the Chief Investment Officer and other investment staff, Anne is responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, recommendation and monitoring of the Foundation's investment managers, investment opportunities and portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, Anne worked with Barclays Global Investors as a quantitative portfolio manager on the Advanced Active Equities team. She also held equity research positions with Thomas Weisel Partners and Banc of America Securities. Anne has a bachelor's degree in economics from Princeton University and her MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She also has a diploma in French civilization and language from Université de Paris, La Sorbonne.

  • Malcolm GoepfertDirector of Investments -- Malcolm Goepfert joined the Foundation in October 2009 as a Director of Investments. Working with the Chief Investment Officer and other investment staff, Malcolm is responsible for the sourcing, evaluation, recommendation and monitoring of the Foundation's investment managers, investment opportunities and portfolio. Prior to joining the Foundation, he was a Director of Investments with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Previously, Malcolm served as the Senior Investment Officer for private equity and real estate with the School Employees Retirement System of Ohio and as a Real Estate Investment Officer for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. Malcolm holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

  • Bret BelohlavInvestment Analyst -- Bret Belohlav joined the Foundation's investment team in May 2011 as an Investment Analyst. Prior to that, Bret worked with Stratford Advisory Group, an investment consulting firm focused on Taft-Hartley pension and welfare funds, endowments, foundations, corporations and healthcare organizations. Bret served as an investment analyst focused on non-U.S. equity research and a mix of foundation and healthcare clients. Bret has a bachelor's degree in finance, with honors, from DePaul University.

  • Ann K. GomesOperations Manager -- Ann Gomes was appointed Operations Manager in 2003, having previously served the Foundation as Operations Associate, Administrative Secretary and Receptionist. Prior to joining the Foundation in 1989, Ann was a VISTA volunteer with the Inter-Tribal Council of Northern Nevada; a family planning counselor educator on the staff of Planned Parenthood in Reno, Nev.; and a board member of Satir Family Camp. She attended Stephens College. Ann previously served 10 years on the board of directors of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center and she continues to serve as a volunteer on its fundraising committee.

  • Kimberly VelazcoProgram Associate and Office Manager (Los Angeles) -- Kimberly Velazco was appointed Program Associate and Office Manager of the Los Angeles office in June 2009. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kimberly worked at the UCLA Anderson School of Management as a Program Manager in the Office of Executive Education. During her time there, Kimberly worked on all aspects of program development and implementation, including admissions, marketing, and program format and logistics, as well as program expansion. Previously, Kimberly was a Program Manager in the Pasadena office of The Wellness Community, a national cancer support organization. Kimberly volunteers for a variety of organizations in her community, including the American Cancer Society and Big Brothers Big Sisters, and is an active member of the Junior League of Pasadena. Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology, with a minor in Spanish, from the University of California, Riverside.