Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Commonwealth Club’s address?

Our headquarters is located at 110 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105. 

What is The Commonwealth Club World Affairs of California?

Commonwealth Club World Affairs is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public affairs organization dedicated to serving its members and educating the public through a wide variety of speakers, panels and related programs, including radio, TV and podcasts.

When is the Club's headquarters open for members?

The building opens to ticket holders approximately 30 minutes before the event begins.

Please check at the reception desk for information posted daily about events on-site and the availability of rooms for member use; or call the reception desk at 415-597-6705.

How often does the Club host speakers?

The Club sponsors multiple speakers each week, totaling hundreds of programs per year. Our downtown San Francisco headquarters hosts multiple programs most weekdays, and sometimes on weekends. Check out our upcoming programs. The Club also makes its space available for private events.

Where do the programs happen?

Club programs take place throughout the Bay Area. The Club office in downtown San Francisco is the setting for a majority of Club events. Hotels, theaters and other meeting facilities serve as settings for Club events throughout the Bay Area.

How do I find out about Club programs?

The best way to stay informed about Club activities is to become a member. Members receive special notification of certain events. For more information on membership, please see our membership FAQ.

Programs are also listed on the website, and the Club notifies members and others of upcoming events via email alerts, including a popular weekly email newsletter on Sundays.

How can I submit a speaker or program idea for consideration?

Send your submission to

Do you have to be a member to attend Club programs?

There are a number of members-only events held throughout the year, and members receive reduced admission to events. However, most of our events are open to the general public.

Is there a social element to the Club? Is food served at Club events?

Food is occasionally provided when receptions are sponsored by an organization or if it is a special presentation. You can also e-mail our program department with specific questions about a particular program.

What should I do if I miss a program I wanted to attend?

Most of our programs are posted in our online archive. You can also check our radio schedule for information about upcoming Club broadcasts in the Bay Area and around the nation.