Distinguished Citizen Gala 2019

The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes those who exemplify the ideals and values that have guided The Commonwealth Club for over a century and whose professional and humanitarian contributions and accomplishments are worthy of admiration. The Gala is the Club's most important annual fundraiser and provides valuable support for the Club's dynamic non-partisan programming.  

The event cocktail hour and award ceremony will take place in the breathtaking San Francisco Ferry Building nearby. After a quick stroll down the street, the evening will continue with an intimate dinner on each level of The Commonwealth Club’s state-of-the-art new building. Guests on each floor will dine in the company of an honoree and enjoy an engaging civic dialogue featuring the honoree in conversation with a fellow thought-leader. 


Madeleine Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State

John Hope Bryant

Founder, Chairman and CEO, Operation Hope

Susan Oberndorf

Oberndorf Foundation

William Oberndorf

Oberndorf Foundation

Suzanne DiBianca

Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer, Salesforce