BRAVO! CLUB Board

BRAVO! CLUB’S Board of Directors are a group of young professional volunteers dedicated to fostering a community of arts lovers throughout the Bay Area as San Francisco Opera ambassadors and arts advocates.

2019 BRAVO! CLUB Board of Directors

Shannon Eliot, President
Shannon is the Communications Manager for Kaiser Permanente, East Bay and is pursuing her M.B.A. at UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business. She earned a B.S. in physiology and neuroscience and a B.A. in political science from the University of California, San Diego.

Xanadu Bruggers, Vice President
Xanadu is a Senior Assistant to the Consumer Products team at Pixar Animation Studios and she has a B.F.A. with a Theatre Performance emphasis from Cornish College of the Arts. She is an active member in the fringe theater scene in San Francisco, as well as a co-chair for the Charity Outreach Committee with the Spinsters of San Francisco.

Zak Beard
Zak currently works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he supports emergency response teams focused on preventing the introduction and spread of infectious diseases in the United States. A former piano performance major at the University of Colorado, Boulder, he received his MBA from Georgia State University. Zak enjoys skiing, backpacking, and riding motorcycles, and has a passion for the symphony and opera - especially works by Wagner, Mahler, and R. Strauss.

Arif Damji
Arif is currently the Director of Innovation at Kosta Browne Winery and has a passion for helping brands improve their customer loyalty and growth initiatives. He holds a graduate degree from Stanford University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge.

Keith Cantrelle
Keith is a Counsel at Summit Public Schools and holds an LL.M. in European Union Business Law from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. A firm believer in giving back to the community, he has participated in Asylum and Veterans pro bono initiatives, and previously served as assistant clarinetist in the Greenwich Village Orchestra and as a soloist and principal clarinetist in the United States Army Europe Band & Chorus.

Laura Della Guardia
Laura is a French-American mixed-media artist with a degree in Fine Arts from Ecole Camondo in Paris. She is also a Vinyasa yoga instructor and an advertising executive specialized in emerging economies.

Leah Fine
Leah is a consultant at Bain & Company. She holds an M.B.A. from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and a B.A. from Barnard College, and has been attending the San Francisco Opera since she was six years old.

Caitlin Gutekunst
Caitlin works at the intersection of technology and innovation, designing new product experiences and building the future of brand engagement. Currently, Caitlin is the Senior Director of Marketing and Business Development at Creativity Incorporated, a product design and development studio specializing in consumer products such as animatronic toys, connected home devices, and immersive voice experiences.

Alex Jakle
Alex is a consultant with Trial Behavior in San Francisco, working with attorneys to rigorously test and refine their case themes and arguments. He attended Pomona College and received a graduate degree in Political Science and his law degree from the University of Michigan.

Nicole Jiam
Nicole is a resident physician at the University of California – San Francisco Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery with a research interest in music perception, cochlear implants and creativity.  She received her M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in neuroscience. In her free time, she plays the viola, violin and piano.

Andy Krasny
Andy works at Facebook, where he is responsible for strategy and operations. He holds a Master's degree from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a Bachelor's from Gettysburg College. In his free time he can be found biking in the mountains above Palo Alto.

Anjali Menon
Anjali works in tech, working at companies such as Twitter, TaskRabbit and a Y Combinator company called Magic, where she is the Head of Growth. She earned a degree in Business Administration from University of California, Berkeley, and used to sing opera.

Bailey Miller
Bailey is a software engineer at Blend, a fintech startup building a consumer lending platform for banks and financial institutions. He earned a B.A. in mathematics and computer science from Dartmouth College.

Nora Quattrin White
Nora is controller at Presidio Farms, a family owned and operated agricultural business based in California. She earned a M.A, in Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York  and a B.A. in Cinematic Arts and Art History from the University of Southern California. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering at the San Francisco Opera Archives and is a member of the Junior League of San Francisco.

Kristi Symon
Kristi is an Optometrist at Goodman Eye Center in Pacific Heights.  She received her Doctorate in Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, and then completed a residency in the management of Ocular Disease at UC Berkeley.  She earned a B.A. in Psychology at Pomona College.

Lilian Chi Tsai
Lilian is a Senior Corporate Counsel for Oracle Corporation. She earned a B.A. in political science and a B.A. in mass communications from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from American University. She has a passion for making the arts and the law more accessible to the public, and grew up playing piano, flute and violin.

 

Interested in joining the Board or volunteering for BRAVO! CLUB? Send us an email: bravoclub@sfopera.com