Thank you all for a successful year! Until 2020! 

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The Distinguished Citizen Award
Gala & 116th Annual Dinner

May 17, 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. 

Listen to each honoree’s conversation with their thought leader of choice through this podcast

2019 Honorees

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

Operation Hope Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant

Operation Hope Founder, Chairman and CEO John Hope Bryant

Oberndorf Foundation, William and Susan Oberndorf

Oberndorf Foundation, William and Susan Oberndorf


2019 Corporate Honoree


Accepting on the company's behalf, Suzanne DiBianca, Executive Vice President of Corporate Relations and Chief Philanthropy Officer


Information for Attendees

Join us at 6 pm on the second floor of the Ferry Building for a luxurious cocktail hour and award ceremony.

The award ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 pm.

        At 7 pm, take a quick walk (less than five minutes) to the Commonwealth Club of California, where we will host four simultaneous dinner events,  one on each level of the Commonwealth Club. 

The evening will conclude at 9:30 pm.

Valet parking is available at the Ferry Building. We highly encourage taking public transportation or rideshare to the Gala. If you're using Lyft, take 20% off your ride with the code CWCGALA.

Business chic or cocktail attire.


2019 Annual Gala Sponsors:

Premier Presenting Sponsor
A San Francisco Family

Grand Sponsor
Asset Management Company
Susan & William Oberndorf

Dinner Sponsor
Bank of the West
Jed & Danielle York
Hon. James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen
John & Tawnie Farmer
Hon. William H. Draper III
Nan & Charles Geschke
Roberta & Steve Denning

Leadership Sponsor
George & Judy Marcus Family Foundation
Lata Krishnan & Ajay Shah
Marcia & John Goldman
Richard Rubin & Marcia Smolens 
Skip & Frankie Rhodes

Benefactor Sponsor
Bailard, Inc. 
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bill & Connie Ring
Blue Shield of California
Capital Group
Dominican University of California 
Dorian Daley & Michael Krautkramer
Deloitte & Touche
Dr. Gloria Duffy & Hon. Rod Diridon Sr. 
Each Foundation/Marc Spencer,
Stanley Phillip Dillard II & Fred Blackwell,
Ginell D. Santos, Lionel Shaw
Ernst & Young LLP 
Evelyn & John Dilsaver
First Republic Bank
Greg Dalton & Lucia Choi-Dalton
The Allen Family 
Koret Foundation
Martha & Greg Ryan
Mark & Jessica Zitter
Mauree Jane & Mark W. Perry
McKinsey & Company
The Travers Family Foundation 
Relevant Wealth Advisors
Wells Fargo


Interested in attending? 

Purchase Individual Tickets here

For information on Table Sponsorship contact Kate Steffy at 


Thank you to our fantastic Gala Committee! 

Gala Chair
Ted Rice 

Gala Committee 
Evelyn Dilsaver 
Dr. Jaleh Daie 
Dr. Gloria Duffy
Anna Mok 
Skip Rhodes
Martha Ryan
Richard Rubin
Don Wen