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. 

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


2019 Annual Gala Sponsors:

Premier Presenting Sponsor-
Anonymous (2)

Grand Sponsor-
Asset Management Company/ Pitch and Cathie Johnson 
Susan & William Oberndorf

Dinner Sponsor-
Jed & Danielle York
Hon. James C. Hormel & Michael P. Nguyen
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
Skip & Frankie Rhodes

Benefactor Sponsor-
Bank of America/Merrill Lynch
Bill & Connie Ring
Blue Shield of California
Dominican University of California 
Dorian Daley & Michael Krautkramer
Deloitte & Touche
Dr. Gloria Duffy & Hon. Rod Diridon Sr. 
Each Foundation
Koret Foundation
Martha & Greg Ryan
Mark & Jessica Zitter
Mauree Jane & Mark W. Perry
McKinsey & Company
The Travers Family Foundation 
Relevant Wealth Advisors 


Interested in attending? 

Individual tickets go on sale April 1- $1,000 each

For information on Table Sponsorship contact Kate Steffy at 


Already attending? 

Join us at 6 pm on the second floor of the Ferry Building for a luxurious cocktail hour and award ceremony. Around 7:15 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. 

Ready to submit your guest names? Contact Kate Steffy at for the information on how to do so.