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.