Jim Canales is President and Trustee of the Boston-based Barr Foundation, one of New England’s largest family foundations. Barr’s domestic grantmaking focuses on public education and arts and culture in Boston, and climate change in Boston and Massachusetts. Since 2010, Barr has also been developing a global portfolio, with investments in Haiti, East Africa, and India. Prior to joining Barr in May, 2014, Jim served for a decade as President and CEO of The James Irvine Foundation in California. Jim earned an undergraduate degree in English and a graduate degree in education from Stanford University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. He previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board for the Monterey Bay Aquarium; Chair of the College Access Foundation of California; Chair of KQED Public Broadcasting; Chair of the Stanford Alumni Association; and Chair of Larkin Street Youth Services. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed Jim to the White House Council for Community Solutions, established to identify and strengthen effective community-based innovations to expand civic participation and address our nation’s most serious challenges.

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