John Osterweis was born in San Diego in 1942. He graduated from Bowdoin College (B.A. in Philosophy, cum laude, 1965), and Stanford Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. with top honors in Finance, 1969).
For most of his business career, he has resided in San Francisco. Since graduating from Business School, he served as a Senior Analyst concentrating on the forest products and paper industry for several regional brokerage firms and lastly for E.F. Hutton & Company, Inc. In addition to his activities as analyst, Mr. Osterweis served as Director of Research for two firms and managed private equity accounts for over ten years.
In late 1982, Mr. Osterweis decided to devote full time to his portfolio management activities, and in April of 1983 launched Osterweis Capital Management. For a number of years Mr. Osterweis served as a Director on the Stanford Alumni Association Executive Board, Director and Vice Chairman of Mt. Zion Hospital and Medical Center, and President of the Board of Directors for Summer Search Foundation. He currently serves as a Trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and President of the San Francisco Ballet Endowment Foundation, Trustee of Bowdoin College, Chairman of the Investment Committee for the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, Director of the San Francisco Free Clinic and Director Emeritus of Summer Search Foundation.
Mr. Osterweis currently resides in San Francisco, CA with his wife, Barbara Ravizza.