December 4, 2012
On Monday, the San Francisco Symphony's 100th annual meeting elected Sakurako Fisher the organization's president. She succeeds John D. Goldman, who has served since 2001, and will continue to serve on the Board of Governors.
"During John’s 11 years with the orchestra," Fisher said, "SFS experienced some of its finest moments. These are exciting times, and in Michael Tilson Thomas and our incredible musicians we have the ideal team to affirm and reaffirm all that music can be."
Fisher has been a member of the Board of Governors since 1992, and was most recently its vice president and chair of the Development Steering Committee. She also serves as the chair of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution, and is on the U.S. advisory boards for the Union Centrale des Arts et Decoratifs and the Centre Pompidou.
A Stanford graduate in International Relations, she has worked for Cargill and Citibank. Fisher has studied koto and flute growing up, and remains an active, passionate music lover.
Newly elected members of the Symphony’s Board of Governors are: Aida Alvarez, former director of the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight and Chair of the Latino Community Foundation; Richard Carranza, Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District; Iris Chan, former VP of Wells Fargo and partner in The Angels’ Forum; Jim Henry, Market Managing Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers and board member of Larkin Street Youth Services; Fred Seegal, Vice Chairman Peter J Solomon Company and former President of American Ballet Theatre; and Isabel Valdés, President of Isabel Valdés Consulting and member of the Chile-California Council.