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 president and chief executive officer from 2003 through 2014. His writing on a range of topics has appeared in The Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Huffington Post, among other outlets.
Jim Canales reflects on recent staffing additions and changes in support of Barr’s mission of service
Barr’s president introduces refreshed core values, recent grant investments, and new website section focused on Barr’s commitment to racial equity.
Awaiting a verdict in the Chauvin trial.
Denouncing rising anti-Asian hate crimes and the recent murders in Atlanta.
The Foundation joins local funders in supporting equitable access to the vaccine.
On a sobering anniversary, Barr’s president reflects on lessons from a challenging year and new opportunities as we look to the future.
Full recording of a recent discussion between Darren Walker and Jim Canales on the role of philanthropy in creating a just future and much more.
A Barr veteran and field leader, Mariella will oversee continued growth of the Foundation’s Clean Energy, Mobility, and Resilience focus areas.
Reflections from Barr's board chair and president amidst the Foundation's continuing equity journey.
In the aftermath of insurrection in Washington D.C., reflections from Barr’s president on what enabled yesterday’s violence and what it demands of each of us.