Jerome Dodson is the founder and chairman of Parnassus Investments as well as lead Portfolio Manager of the Parnassus Endeavor Fund. He has responsibility for portfolio management for the firm’s Endeavor strategy. He also provides guidance on the long-term strategic direction of the firm and serves as chairman of the Parnassus Funds Board. Prior to founding Parnassus Investments in 1984, he served as president and Chief Executive Officer of Continental Savings of America from 1976 to 1982, where he started the “Solar T-Bill” program to finance solar energy installations and developed innovative programs to finance low and moderate-income housing. Dodson received his bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley and his master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School.