Feinstein and Sweet to Appear at IGS Salon Gala

March 22, 2013

California’s senior senator Dianne Feinstein and veteran political journalist Lynn D. Sweet will be honored this year at the annual Institute of Governmental Studies Salon Gala. Senator Feinstein, in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt, will also be the featured speaker at the event, to be held Thursday, April 4. Senator Feinstein will address "The US Senate and National Security." 

Senator Feinstein will receive the Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award, honoring the Senator’s lifetime of public service to California and the nation. Previous Anderson award recipients have included the late William K. Coblentz, former California Supreme Court Justice Ronald M. George, and Mervin Field, the founder of the Field Poll. 

Sweet, who graduated from Cal with a degree in Sociology with the Class of 1973, will receive the Bill and Patrice Brandt Alumni Leadership Award. Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief and a regular guest on television and radio news shows. This award is to recognize Sweet’s record of achievement in covering the 2012 presidential campaign and election cycle. 

"This year’s Salon Gala will be an extraordinary event," said IGS Director Jack Citrin. "We will honor two notable women, with an extraordinary commitment to our nation in advancing public service and political journalism. We will hear from a national leader, Senator Feinstein, who will offer a candid assessment of Washington and her insights as a leader on national security."

The Gala will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco’s Financial District and will benefit Berkeley students interested in exploring careers in public service.  

About Senator Dianne Feinstein

Dianne Feinstein is a woman of firsts. She was the first female president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the first female mayor of San Francisco, the first woman that California voters sent to the Senate and the first woman to sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Feinstein graduated from Stanford University and dedicated her life to public service. During her distinguished career, she served on the California Woman’s Board of Terms & Parole, as a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the Mayor of San Francisco, and was elected to the US Senate in 1992. 

As California’s senior Senator, Dianne Feinstein has worked in a bipartisan way to build a significant record of legislative accomplishments – helping to strengthen the nation's security both here and abroad, combat crime and violence, medical research, and environmental protection. Senator Feinstein is the Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, where she oversees the nation’s 16 intelligence agencies, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, where she chairs the Subcommittee on Energy and Water. Senator Feinstein also serves on the Senate Rules and Administration Committee.

About Lynn D. Sweet

Lynn D. Sweet is the Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief. She writes a column, a blog and files on Twitter and is a regular guest on television and radio news programs. A Chicago native, Sweet earned a master's from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley (Class ’73). She was a fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in the Kennedy School of Government in the spring of 2004. Sweet was inducted into Northwestern University’s Medill Hall of Achievement and the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2007. Washingtonian Magazine named Sweet one of the capital’s “50 Top Journalists” in 2009. 

About Roy Eisenhardt

Roy Eisenhardt, a graduate of Berkeley Law School, practiced business law for 12 years up until 1982 when he became the President of the Oakland Athletics and was also a director of the Women's Tennis Association. In 1989, he became the Executive Director of the California Academy of Sciences. In 1995 he left that position to serve as a consultant, and member of several non-profit and corporate Boards. In 2010 he served as Interim President at the San Francisco Art Institute, and is currently a Lecturer at Berkeley Law School. Mr. Eisenhardt is a frequent guest host for City Arts and Lecture Series and the Commonwealth Club of California. 

About the Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award

The purpose of the Anderson Award, established by the University in 2010, is to recognize a distinguished person who has contributed to advancing the spirit of good government and improving the quality of public affairs for our state and nation. Darius Anderson is the founder and CEO of Platinum Advisors, one of California’s leading government affairs firms and serves as Chairman of the IGS National Advisory Council.

About the Bill & Patrice Brandt Alumni Leadership Award

The purpose of the Brandt Award, established by the University in 2010, is to recognize an alumnus/a of the Berkeley campus who has achieved distinction and prominence through professional achievements and/or public service that advance international, national, state, or community welfare. William “Bill” A. Brandt, Jr., President and CEO of Development Specialists, Inc., is a leading national expert on bankruptcy, turnaround, and insolvency consulting and serves on the IGS National Advisory Council. 

About IGS

The Institute of Governmental Studies is California’s oldest public policy research center. Since 1919, IGS has served as a forum for nonpartisan research and discussion of governance, public policy, and politics. Its programs include internships and research grants for students, faculty research, and public education.