Chief Investment Officer and Treasurer
John Jenks was appointed chief investment officer and treasurer for The James Irvine Foundation in July 2002. John directs the Foundation’s $2 billion endowment and develops its investment policy and strategy. Under his tenure, the Foundation adopted a new, long-term strategic asset allocation plan, significantly diversifying its portfolio and increasing its investments in alternative asset classes. Prior to joining Irvine, he served as chief investment officer for the state of Alaska, guiding a $20 billion investment portfolio, including the Public Employees’ Retirement System, the Teachers’ Retirement System, the Children’s Trust, and the State General Fund. A native of Washington state, John holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in accounting from Washington State University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Society of San Francisco. John served on the Board of Directors of the Foundation Financial Officers Group and was president of the board of the Contra Costa Crisis Center. He currently serves as treasurer for On Lok, a nonprofit organization that provides health and other services to seniors living in San Francisco and surrounding communities, and is a member of the investment committee for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The calendar year of 2012 was a very good year for the Foundation’s investment portfolio. In the long-term, Irvine’s investment portfolio is a claim on increased global economic activity and the business profits that can come from that activity.Read the Story
Our ability to achieve our mission depends on a variety of factors, but one of the most fundamental is the performance of Irvine’s investment program, which produces the resources that allow us to make grants. For this reason, we’d like to draw attention to the annual letter from Chief Investment Officer John Jenks that was included in our recently posted 2011 Performance Report.Read the Story