Jahm Najafi serves as the CEO and Co-Chairman of Mission Advancement Corp.
Mr. Najafi has been the founder, CEO and owner of The Najafi Companies since 2002. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with offices in Los Angeles and New York, The Najafi Companies is an entrepreneurially driven private investment firm with significant holdings in consumer, retail, ecommerce, sports, media, and technology.
By funding its investments with internally generated capital and utilizing a strategy of concentration, not diversification, the team is able to remain highly flexible, operate in true alignment with management and focus on maximizing long-term results over short-term gains. Mr.Najafi is responsible for overseeing the organization and spearheading all investment activities and execution.
From 1990 to 2002, he was a Partner at Pivotal Group, a real estate investment firm. From 1986 to 1990, he worked at Salomon Brothers Investment Banking, now a division of Citigroup.
Mr. Najafi is a Vice Chairman of both the Phoenix Suns and McLaren F1 Racing. He is a Governor on the Board of the NBA and a Director on the Smithsonian Institution National Board and has served on numerous other philanthropic boards. He is active with the World Presidents Organization and Chief Executive Organization, was a Board member of the Phoenix Symphony, and is the founder of Social Venture Partners Arizona which is focused on mission-driven non-profit enterprises.
Mr. Najafi earned his Master of Business Economics degree from Harvard University after earning his Bachelor of Economics and Development Studies degrees from the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Najafi has committed to contribute a significant majority of his net worth into projects that make the world better for future generations, with an emphasis on enterprises that harness ESG and DEI principles.