Upcoming Events:


Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to CANCEL the April 13th Sonoma Speaker Series event, in conversation with former San Francisco Mayor, WILLIE BROWN.

All tickets purchased will be fully-refunded back to the credit card they were charged on.  This may take up to 14 days.  Please be patient, as the Eventbrite team has been slammed with event cancellations and refund requests.

Our intent is to re-schedule this event at a future date when the CDC deems it safe to resume hosting large gatherings.

We thank you for your continued support of the Sonoma Speaker Series.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Kathy Witkowicki at kwitkowicki@icloud.com



Sonoma Speaker Series: In Conversation with...

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown -


Time: 7:00pm to 8:45pm

Location: Hanna Boys Center

Willie L. Brown - Two-term Mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly, and widely regarded as the most influential African-American politician of the late twentieth century, Willie L. Brown, Jr., has been at the center of California politics, government, and civic life for an astonishing four decades.

His career spans the American Presidency from Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush, and he’s worked with every California Governor from Pat Brown to Arnold Schwarzenegger.  From civil rights to education reform, tax policy, economic development, health care, international trade, domestic partnerships, and affirmative action, he’s left his imprimatur on every aspect of politics and public policy in the Golden State.

As Mayor of California’s most cosmopolitan city, he refurbished and rebuilt the nation’s busiest transit system, pioneered the use of bond measures to build affordable housing, created a model juvenile justice system, and paved the way for a second campus of the University of California, San Francisco, to serve as the anchor of a new development that will position the City as a center for the burgeoning field of biotechnology.

Today, he heads the Willie L. Brown, Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service, where this acknowledged master of the art of politics shares his knowledge and skills with a new generation of California leaders.

Ross McGowan - Interviewer (In Conversation with

Willie L. Brown)

Ross McGowan grew up in Northern California, spending his early years in Mill Valley and San Francisco.  He was a familiar face on television in the Bay Area for 31 years. Fourteen of those years, he and Ann Frazier were the co-hosts of “People Are Talking”— a local talk show on KPIX Channel 5, and one of the most successful local talk shows in the country.

In 1993, McGowan joined KTVU’s “Morning’s On 2” where he was a news anchor for 17 years. He retired in 2009 and headed north to live in Healdsburg. The wine country was just the right pace for him.

Before getting into television, McGowan spent 13 years on the air - from KSJO in San Jose during his college years at San Jose State, to KLIV in San Jose and KIRO Radio in Seattle.

It was in Seattle that he got an offer to host a talk show on KING-TV, the local NBC affiliate. He knew then that television was going to be his career. He never looked back.