Chairman of San Francisco Opera’s Board of Directors, John Gunn is former chairman and chief executive officer of Dodge & 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 Fry Gunn are Company Sponsors and have underwritten numerous San Francisco Opera productions, including the world premieres of Appomattox, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Heart of a Soldier and Girls of the Golden West, and the American premiere of Le Grand Macabre, to name just a few.
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, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and San Francisco Opera. He is chairman of the Advisory Council for the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), serves as a trustee of Stanford University, and is Vice Chair of Stanford Health Care. Mrs. Gunn serves as an overseer of Stanford’s Hoover Institution and is on the board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.