Don Gould, president and chief investment officer of Gould Asset Management, became Pitzer College’s Board of Trustees chair on August 24, 2021, following four years of service as the Board’s vice chair.
Gould founded Gould Asset Management of Claremont in 1999. He brings to Pitzer’s Board of Trustees four decades of experience in financial asset management, including founding the Huntington Funds in 1985 and serving in a variety of senior management positions at Franklin Templeton Investments.
Gould joined Pitzer’s board in 2006 and has served as vice-chair since 2017. During his 15 years of service, he has led numerous committees, including the search for Pitzer’s sixth president, resulting in the appointment of Melvin L. Oliver in 2016. He also chaired the board’s investment committee and Climate Change Working Group. In 2014, Gould spearheaded the board’s unanimous approval of the student-driven working group’s Fossil Fuel Divestment-Climate Action Model, which made Pitzer the first private higher education institution in California to commit to divest its endowment of fossil fuel stocks.
He also helped pioneer an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-focused and fossil fuel-free global equity index fund, which was designed for endowments, foundations, and other nonprofits that want to invest responsibly. In 2018-19, he served as co-chair of Pitzer’s Strategic Planning Committee.
Gould has taught investment management at both Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Claremont. While he did not attend Pitzer, he is a Sagehen, having graduated from Pomona College with a BA in economics before earning his MBA from Harvard Business School. Gould is life-long Dodgers fan and an avid pianist who enjoys all things musical.