Chairman of San Francisco Opera’s Board of Directors, John Gunn is former chairman and chief executive officer of Dodge and Cox Investment Managers, one of the most successful professional investment management firms in the country. 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, and this season’s Sweeney Todd, Lucia di Lammermoor, Carmen and Don Carlo.
Gunn’s love of the operatic art form began in his formative years 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 University in 1966, Gunn served as a commanding officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and returned to the Bay Area where upon he received his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1972. Mr. and Mrs. Gunn are 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 serves on the boards of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and the San Francisco Fine Arts Museums.