The office of Media and Public Relations provides notification of ongoing Commonwealth Club events to the public and the press and handles media relations. Please find below press releases and articles regarding program developments and significant events, forums, and lectures at the Club.

Founded in 1903, The Commonwealth Club has played host to a broad and distinctive array of speakers, from Teddy Roosevelt in 1911 to Nancy Pelosi in 2010. Just a sampling of other noteworthy guests includes Martin Luther King, Jr., Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Walter Cronkite, Ted Turner, Jane Goodall, Tom Brokaw, Bill Gates, David Brooks, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Alec Baldwin, and Reza Aslan, all of whom have delivered landmark speeches here.

For information and for media credentials, contact:
Riki Rafner, Director of Media and Public Relations

Press Releases 

5/9/17: Winners of 86th Annual California Book Awards Competition Announced 

4/5/17: Finalists for the 86th Annual California Book Awards Competition Announced 

3/6/17: Commonwealth Club Reports Record Number of Sell-out Programs  

3/3/17: The Commonwealth Club of California Celebrates its 29th Annual Distinguished Citizen Gala: "Shaping the Future" 

1/9/17: Richard Rubin Named Commonwealth Club Board Chair 

8/8/16: September Soiree: A Benefit for The Commonwealth Club—Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Judgment of Paris 

7/20/15: Big Solutions for Big Problems: The 2016 August Series at The Commonwealth Club 

5/22/16: The Commonwealth Club of California 28th Annual Distinguished Citizen Award Gala

5/22/16: California Book Award Winners

5/22/16: Finalists for the 85th Annual California Book Awards Competition Announced Awards Ceremony: Monday, June 13, 2016 at 6 p.m.

9/2/15: The Commonwealth Club's Inforum Named Best Speaker Series by San Francisco Magazine

8/13/15: Commonwealth Club Presents "Music Matters"

7/22/15: 2015 Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication Bestowed Upon Dr. Chris Field

In the News

5/11/17: Jenner recounts life pretransition at SF talk (The Bay Area Reporter)

5/10/17: Caitlyn Jenner removed from the reality of other trans people (San Francisco Chronicle

4/19/17: Mexico's ex-president, in lively speech, calls Trump "a crazy guy" (SF Gate)

4/18/17: Vicente Fox Tees off on Donald Trump (Economic Policy Journal

4/14/17: What Y Combinator chief thinks of Trump, AI and startups (Axios)

4/6/17: Inforum panel talks Trump and LGBT rights (The Bay Area Reporter