James Howell, CFA, CTP, serves as board treasurer for the San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center (PIC). As vice president and chief financial officer of San Diego Foundation, Howell oversees the accounting & finance, human resources, grant administration and technology divisions for the organization. He is a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, coordinates the finance and audit committees, and works closely with staff, professional volunteers and service providers to establish, administer, and monitor financial reporting, internal controls, treasury, insurance, grants, facilities, employment and benefits administration, and information systems.
Prior to joining the Foundation, as CIO and director of research at Canterbury Consulting, Howell led investment strategy for $13 billion in assets and directed all functions related to manager and capital markets research. From 2007-2012, Howell was CIO and director of finance at The Scripps Research Institute responsible for investment, banking, and insurance relationships across $1.6 billion of endowment, pension, and other assets.
Over the previous 17 years, Howell was an executive at United Parcel Service, most recently as director, capital markets and alternative investment officer for the UPS Retirement Plan.
A Certified Treasury Professional and Chartered Financial Analyst, Howell earned a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and Master of Business Administration in finance from Georgia State University. Howell serves on the finance & investment and audit committees of Alliance Healthcare Foundation.