San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner

Thank you to the more than 650 people who joined us on Sunday, April 30th for Facing History’s 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner!

Benefit Co-Chairs Thank you to the more than 650 people who joined us on Sunday, April 30th for Facing History’s 2017 San Francisco Bay Area Benefit Dinner! We were inspired by the stories of upstanders that were told throughout the night. Keynote Speaker Mellody Hobson, CEO of Ariel Investments, used the words of W.E.B. Du Bois and her own personal story to encourage us to continue choosing to be upstanders. Facing History teacher Millie Gonzalez-Balsam reminded us that, “There are no superheroes—it’s ordinary folks like you and me who must decide to take a stand.”

As Facing History student Kobi Johnsson said,

“Facing History teaches you that an upstander is somebody who takes action, somebody who isn’t just content to sit around and wait for others to do something. We must always stand up for our values, not only when it’s convenient.”

Facing History’s mission—helping teachers develop informed, compassionate, and active global citizens—is so critical to the life of our democracy. Never has the need for this work been more clear.

Thank you to those who have already made a gift in support of our work. This event set a fundraising record for our region, but there is still so much work to be done. Facing History has set ambitious goals to quadruple the number of students that we reach over the next five years. If you have not yet made a donation, it is not too late! Thanks to a generous donor, we are able to match every dollar we raise from this event. 

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Keynote Speaker: Mellody Hobson

Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments and a regular financial contributor for CBS News, is a nationally recognized voice on financial literacy and investor education. She is a director of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and Starbucks Corporation. She is a board member of The Chicago Public Education Fund, George Lucas Education Foundation, Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, and Sundance Institute. In her 2014 TED Talk, Mellody encourages us to be color brave, not color blind, when having difficult conversations about race. Time Magazine named Mellody one of the 100 most influential people in 2015.



Presenting Sponsor:

Silver Benefactor:

Bronze Benefactors:

Patron Sponsors:

Facing History and Ourselves extends special thanks to the corporations that provide leadership support to our programs in the San Francisco Bay Area and worldwide.


Our Work in the San Francisco Bay Area

Facing History and Ourselves gives educators and youth the skills to wrestle with today’s difficult issues through the lens of history. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we support more than 6,700 middle and high school teachers so they can engage over 308,500 students every year.

See a complete list of over 680 participating schools in our region.

San Francisco Bay Area Advisory Board

Judy Goldman, Chair
Connie Shapiro, Chair*

Ida Abbott
Gary Angel**
Juli Betwee
Gloria Brown
Gloria Clumeck
Caretha Coleman*
Asha S. Collins, Ph.D.
Dennis Driver
Barbara Elsberg
Debra Engel*
Sandra Feldman
Kaye Foster
Diane Holt Frankle
Marina Gorbis
Judy Heyboer **
Vasu Jakkal
Evan F.D. Jones
Daniel S. Katz**
Karen Kronick
Christopher Lovest
Hal Luft
Deborah Mueller
Joni Podolsky
Barbara Reiss-Snyder
Joshua Reynolds
Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.
Susie Richardson*
Michael Sandberg
Sue Ann Schiff
Barbara Sonneborn
Sharman Spector-Angel
Barbara Spreng
Hon. Rebecca Westerfield (Ret.)
Jayne Williams
Jane Zinner

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

Contact Us to Get Involved

If you would like more information, please contact Hadiya McCullough at [email protected] or at 510-786-2500 ext. 226.

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