2014 IGS Salon Gala: Insight Washington

Salon Gala Fundraiser
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street at Montgomery
San Francisco CA

The IGS National Advisory Council will feature Mark Shields at its annual Salon Dinner on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Merchants Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. Shields' keynote talk, called "Insight Washington," will focus on national politics, the changing role of the media in politics, and prospects for the 2014 mid-term elections.

Mark Shields is a syndicated columnist with the Washington Post and a political analyst on the PBS' NewsHour. All proceeds from the Salon Gala go to support IGS programs and students.

Seating at the IGS Salon Dinner is limited. Please see below for further details. The dress code for this event is business casual. Tickets will be held at the registration table located at the first-floor lobby entrance to the ballroom for pickup on the day of the event beginning at 6 pm.

Willie Brown

Tom TorlaksonIn addition, the Institute will honor two award recipients.

Willie L. Brown, Jr. will receive the  Darius & Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award. Brown served in the California State Assembly for 31 years with 14 years as the Speaker of the Assembly before becoming Mayor of San Francisco, 1996-2004.

California Assembly Speaker John A. Pérez will introduce Brown before he is presented with the Anderson Award.

The Bill & Patrice Brandt Alumni Leadership Award will be presented to Tom Torlakson ('71, MA '77).  Torlakson is currently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction and formerly served in the California State Legislature for 14 years.

The event can accommodate 180 guests and seating is limited. To order tickets, or sponsor tables, please contact IGS Associate Director Marc Levin: marcl [at] berkeley.edu, 510-643-6476.

Ticket Information:

Individual Tickets (general admission): $250 per guest
Blue Sponsor (group sales): $3,000 per table (10 seats)
Gold Sponsor (corporations): $5,000 per table (10 seats)

This event is being generously underwritten by Bill and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt.

The 2014 Salon Gala was a great success! See photos of the event on our Flickr album

6:00-6:45 pm - Cocktail reception (Daniel Burnham Bar & Lounge)

6:45-7:45 pm - Talk by Mark Shields

7:45-9:00 pm - Dinner and awards ceremony

The Julia Morgan Ballroom is located at 465 California St. at Montgomery St. on the 15th floor of the Mercants Exchange Building in San Francisco's Financial District.

Get directions to the event site (Google maps).

Complimentary valet parking will be available for all ticket holders beginning at 6 pm in front of 465 California St.

BART and MUNI Metro are located four blocks away (Montgomery station).

For more information, please contact:

Marc Levin
IGS Associate Director 
marcl [at] berkeley.edu


Barbara Campbell
IGS Manager
bcampbel [at] berkeley.edu

The Salon is SOLD OUT.

If you would like to be wait-listed for a ticket, contact Marc Levin: marcl [at] berkeley.edu.

If you already have a confirmed ticket or sponsored table reservation, please proceed and pay by following these instructions:

To order and pay for tickets using a major credit card, please visit our Give to Cal page:

  • Click the "give now" link next to "Friends of IGS and the IGS Salon"
  • Select the option for "gift now" and follow the prompts to complete the transaction

Checks made payable to UC Regents can be sent to: 

Marc Levin
Institute of Governmental Studies
109 Moses Hall #2370
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2370