Patrice Bugelas-Brandt, Thuy Vu, William Brandt, Jr.

The IGS Salon Gala, our signature annual event, celebrates members of the Berkeley community and our continued status as an elite research center. This formal affair, hosted in San Francisco every spring, honors individuals with the Darius & Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award and the Bill & Patrice Brandt Alumni Leadership Award to recognize persons who have made a sustaining contribution to public affairs. All proceeds from the Salon Gala go to support IGS programs and students.

The 2017 Salon Gala featured Sen. Alan Simpson discussing the current state of American politics and the future of our national political life. Sen. Simpson, who served 18 years in the Senate representing Wyoming, remains one of America’s most astute political observers. Sen. Simpson appeared “In Conversation” with Tamara Keith, the White House Correspondent for National Public Radio and the host of the NPR Politics podcast. The 2017 Anderson Award was presented to Larry Baer, President and CEO of the San Francisco Giants. State Controller Betty T. Yee received the Brandt Award. 

Past Events

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00pm to 9:00pm
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...
Thursday, April 4, 2013
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The IGS National Advisory Council will feature U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) at its annual Salon Dinner on Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Mercantile Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. Senator Feinstein is the senior senator from California. All...
Thursday, April 12, 2012
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The IGS National Advisory Council will feature U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) at its annual Salon Dinner on Thursday, April 12, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Mercantile Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. Senator Durbin is the current Assistant Majority Leader of the US Senate. He...
Thursday, April 28, 2011 6:00pm to Saturday, April 28, 2012 9:00pm
Dinner Event Info The IGS National Advisory Council will feature Judy Woodruff at its Salon Dinner on Thursday April 28, 2011 from 6 to 9 pm in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Mercantile Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. Judy Woodruff is a senior correspondent with PBS' The NewsHour . Seating at the IGS...
Thursday, March 18, 2010
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The IGS National Advisory Council will feature David Gergen and Peter Hart at its Salon Dinner on Thursday, March 18, 2010 from 6 to 9:00 p.m. in the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Mercantile Exchange Building (15th floor) in San Francisco. David Gergen is Senior Political Analyst at CNN and Professor of Public Service at...
Saturday, March 29, 2008
6:00pm to 9:00pm
The IGS National Advisory Council will feature Chris Matthews , anchor and host of the MSNBC program "Hardball with Chris Matthews," at its Annual Salon Dinner on Saturday, March 29, 2008 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Bay (Pier 39) in San Francisco. The moderator of this event will be Michael Krasny , host...