Meet the BRAVO! CLUB Board and Get Involved

Who Is The BRAVO CLUB Board?

BRAVO! CLUB board members are dynamic, social young professionals who enjoy cultivating a younger opera-going audience. Representing a range of professions, from legal and finance to tech and the arts, Board members apply their diverse skill sets to the shared goal of building the opera audience of the future for San Francisco Opera.

Lauren Groff, President
Lauren is an insurance consultant by day, an opera singer by night, and has a master’s degree in music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and an undergraduate degree from California Polytechnic State University.

Benjamin Russell Osgood, Vice President
Benjamin is a commercial real estate advisor who specializes in office tenant representation with a focus on environmentally sustainable real estate strategies, and attended Pembroke Academy and the University of San Diego.
Kyle Brisby, Secretary and Volunteer Chair
Kyle is a retail manager and non-profit event manager with a focus on arts and community, and is earning a degree in theater arts from City College of San Francisco.
Laurie Diab, Gala co-chair
Laurie Diab has been active with BRAVO! CLUB since 2012 and joined its Board of Directors in 2014. Laurie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a degree in English literature. She has worked in the nonprofit, private and education sectors, domestically and internationally, with responsibilities that have included marketing, education and communications. Laurie is passionate about the performing arts, volunteering for breast cancer initiatives and travel. Laurie is recently married and resides in San Francisco. 

Shannon Eliot, Communications chair, Governance chair, Gala co-chair
Shannon is a communications consultant for various Bay Area nonprofits, and earned a B.S. in animal physiology and neuroscience and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Jorge Jaramillo
Jorge is a deputy director with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, attended the University of Texas at Austin, and serves on the Alumni Board and Executive Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Kari Lincks
Kari has extensive experience in publicity and event planning with both arts and non-arts organizations. She is also a social media strategist at Williams-Sonoma and plays the oboe in community symphonies around the Bay Area.

Alexander Petalas
Alex is a senior associate at CBRE, and he holds an M.B.A. from Thunderbird and a bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona.

Susan Walker
Susan is a healthcare auditor specializing in process improvement and risk management with a BA in neurobiology and linguistics from Cornell and an MHA from University of Illinois Chicago.

BRAVO! CLUB Advisory Council:

Thomas Cunningham, Ileana Facchini, Anjelika Koulebakina, Guillaume Orilac, Andreas Papaliolios, Julie Plunkett, Alexandra Siliezar


Interested in Joining the Board?

Each board member plays an integral part in the success of BRAVO! CLUB’s mission to develop new audiences for San Francisco Opera. Through tireless dedication BRAVO! CLUB’s volunteer board of directors works together to bring opera to younger demographics in the Bay Area through a range of annual programs, events and tickets discounts.  

See What’s Required to be a BRAVO! Board Member

Being a BRAVO! CLUB Board member requires approximately 5–10 hours per month, and includes the following responsibilities:

  • Attending monthly board meetings and BRAVO! CLUB social events
  • Planning 1–2 BRAVO! CLUB events over the course of the year with another board member
  • Performing individual board member responsibilities (e.g., developing sponsor partnerships)
  • Recruiting 3 new members to join BRAVO! CLUB
  • Recruiting 10 people to attend the annual BRAVO! CLUB gala

We accept new board members on a rolling basis throughout the year. If you are interested please email and one of our board members will get back to you shortly.