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John Gunn

Chairman of the Board of Directors

John A. Gunn is currently chairman and chief executive officer of Dodge and Cox Investment Managers, one of the most successful professional investment management firms in the country. Mr. Gunn has been a San Francisco Opera subscriber since 1988 and joined the board of directors in 2002. He and his wife Cynthia are Company Sponsors and have underwritten many San Francisco Opera productions, including the world premieres of Appomattox and The Bonesetter’s Daughter, as well as new productions of La Forza del Destino, The Maid of Orleans, and Le Grande Macabre, among others. Mr. Gunn’s love of the operatic art form began as a student at Lick-Wilmerding High School, when he attended numerous Company dress rehearsals with friend and fellow student Ronald Adler (son of former San Francisco Opera General Director Kurt Herbert Adler). A graduate of Stanford in 1966, Mr. Gunn then served as a commanding officer of a U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat in Vietnam. He returned to the Bay Area and received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Gunn are Palo Alto residents and active members of the community, providing significant leadership and financial support to Stanford University, Family and Children Services, and San Francisco Opera.  He is chairman of the Advisory Council for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and served formerly as the chairman of the board of trustees for the Castilleja School in Palo Alto. Mrs. Gunn serves as an overseer of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and is a member of the board of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Heath and the advisory board of Family and Children Services.