Continuing our roundtable series of discussions with major players in philanthropy, we welcome James Canales, President and Chief Executive Officer of 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.