Jim Canales was appointed president and trustee of the Barr Foundation in May 2014. Prior to joining Barr, he spent two decades in a variety of roles at The James Irvine Foundation in California, including service as president and chief executive officer from 2003 through 2014.
Before working in philanthropy, Jim was a high school English teacher in San Francisco. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in education from Stanford University. Jim has also maintained a broad range of volunteer engagements. He currently serves as a trustee of Stanford University and of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Jim previously served as vice chair of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and as chair of the boards of the College Futures Foundation, KQED Public Broadcasting, the Stanford Alumni Association, and Larkin Street Youth Services in San Francisco.
Jim’s writing on a range of topics has appeared in The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.