Who We Are

Biographies of Our Trustees

HowardHoward F. Ahmanson, Jr.
Howard F. Ahmanson Jr. is the founder of Fieldstead and Company. Born in Los Angeles in 1950, Ahmanson is a graduate of Occidental College in that city and holds a master's degree in linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Ahmanson is a member of the board of the John M. Perkins Foundation in Jackson, Mississippi, and the Claremont Institute of Claremont, California. A frequent writer on public policy issues, Ahmanson has been published in the Los Angeles Times, Philanthropy, and Religion and Liberty, among others.

Recent projects include a four-year series of conferences on holistic development co-sponsored with Food for the Hungry International, held in Thailand, Zimbabwe, Ecuador, and the Philippines; support for Watts Christian School, an inner city school in Los Angeles, California; and an international photo exhibit and book on the victims of war in Nagarno-Karabagh. Among current projects are support for music education for elementary students in public schools in Orange County, California; sponsorship of "Caravaggio: The Final Years," an exhibition at the National Gallery in London and funding for the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, twenty-eight volumes of patristic commentary on the Bible to be published in eight languages, English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, Arabic, Hindi, and Mandarin Chinese.

Ahmanson, who lives with his wife Roberta in Orange County, California, is interested in linguistics, history, and geography. He has a profound interest in mass transit, and enjoys driving his hybrid car.

RobertaRoberta Green Ahmanson
Roberta Green Ahmanson is a writer and philanthropist whose public activities are focused on deepening awareness and understanding of the role of religion in public life, the importance of knowing history to understand the present, and the vital role the arts play in shaping human experience.

Since 1986, Ahmanson has worked with her husband, Howard, in shaping the granting priorities of his private philanthropy, Fieldstead and Company. In that time, the Ahmansons have sponsored a number of art exhibitions in the United States and Great Britain. In the 1990s Ahmanson and her husband renovated an early twentieth century hotel and Carnegie Library in her hometown Perry, Iowa. The Ahmansons have also commissioned various works of art and music. In addition to lecturing for the International Arts Movement in New York City, Ahmanson is the co-author with Paul Marshall and Lela Gilbert of Islam at the Crossroads, 2002, and a contributor and co-editor with Marshall and Gilbert of Blind Spot: When Journalists Don't Get Religion, published by Oxford University Press, Fall 2008. Previously, Ahmanson worked as a sixth grade teacher in Toronto, Canada, and then as a religion reporter and editor for the San Bernardino Sun and the Orange County Register, both in Southern California. Ahmanson was born in 1949, grew up in Iowa, and was educated in Michigan and Missouri.

Ahmanson, who lives with her husband in Orange County, California, is interested in art, religion, history, architecture, embroidery, and murder mysteries.