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Jim O'Donnell

B.S. '81

Chief Investment Officer
Forward Management, LLC (San Francisco, CA)


Mr. O’Donnell is Chief Investment Officer of Forward Management. He has held this position since July 2006. Mr. O’Donnell has overall responsibility for asset management at Forward Management. Mr. O’Donnell has co-primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Forward Small Cap Equity Fund. From September 2001 to October 2002 and from February 2004 to May 2006, Mr. O’Donnell was an Analyst with Meisenbach Capital, conducting fundamental and financial analysis for a hedge fund portfolio. Between November 2002 and February 2004, Mr. O’Donnell was a consultant with Rainmaker Alliance, consulting with venture capital and start-up firms on financial models, projections and business strategy. From April 1993 to August 2001, Mr. O’Donnell was a Portfolio Manager for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, responsible for stock selection and financial analysis for large cap, mid cap, and small cap portfolios.


Mr. O'Donnell graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in 1981 and received his M.B.A. in Finance from University of San Diego in 1994.