President of the San Francisco Opera Association, Keith Geeslin is a partner at Francisco Partners, a leading global private equity firm. He focuses primarily on investments in the communications, storage and hardware systems sectors. Prior to joining Francisco Partners, Geeslin spent 19 years with the Sprout Group (venture capital affiliate of Credit Suisse). Geeslin joined Sprout in 1984, became a general partner in 1988 and became Sprout's managing partner in 2000. Earlier in his career, he was the general manager of a division of Tymshare, Inc. and held various positions at its Tymnet subsidiary from 1980 to 1984. He was also previously a staff member of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. Currently, Geeslin serves on the board of directors of CommVault Systems and Synaptics. Geeslin received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University, as well as an M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University.
Son of a mezzo-soprano, Geeslin was exposed to opera growing up and played piano as a child. Among his favorite San Francisco Opera performances are hearing Ruth Ann Swenson as Gilda in Rigoletto in 1997 and Karita Mattila as Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case in 2010, as well as experiencing the 2011 Ring cycle. Priscilla Geeslin, Keith’s wife, serves on the boards of the San Francisco Symphony, American Conservatory Theater and the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation.