Maddy Associates Virtual Speaker Series

“Building an Inclusive Economy in the San Joaquin Valley”
Monday, November 16, 12:00 – 1:00 pm


Don Howard
President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation

Join us for a discussion about philanthropy in the Central Valley, including an initiative to support local organizations and leaders to build an economy that works for all Valley workers.

Don Howard is President and Chief Executive Officer of The James Irvine Foundation, leading the foundation to focus on a singular goal: ensuring all low-income workers in California the power to advance economically.

That includes a seven-year, $135 million initiative focused on Fresno and inland California to support local organizations and leaders in inclusive economic planning. This builds on 15 years of the Irvine Foundation’s commitment to the Central Valley as a priority community.

In addition his Irvine role, Don serves on the Public Policy Institute of California’s Leadership Council and the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s External Leadership Advisory Council.

Previously, Don was a partner at The Bridgespan Group, advising nonprofit and foundation leaders, and advised corporate leaders in roles at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Scient Corporation. Don has written, spoken, and lectured on philanthropic strategy, nonprofit management, and social entrepreneurship.

Special Thank You to the Sponsors of

The 2019 Maddy Institute “Big 5” Sacramento Reception

Benefiting Future Valley Leaders from Fresno State

On May 6th, 2019 The Maddy Institute, Governor Gavin Newsom, the California Legislative Leadership will participate in our annual private event at the California Museum in Sacramento, CA. Willie Brown former Speaker of the Assembly and Mayor of San Francisco will, once again, be the Master of Ceremonies.

This annual event raises funds for The Maddy Institute and its Bob Beverly Sacramento Legislative Intern Scholarship Program, which provides students the opportunity to work with legislators of both parties at the State Capitol. Almost half of all Maddy Alumni are Fresno State students and graduates.  Indeed, Sen. Maddy, himself, was a proud Fresno State alum!

Providing Legislative Internships at the State Capitol for Fresno State students was a key priority for the late Sen. Maddy:

“One of the things we want to do is get young people involved in politics. The Institute should teach students about the complexity of a democracy at work and the passionate issues that motivate constituents and their elected representatives.”

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Ms. Jo-Ann Slinkard