Upcoming Events

October 1, 2018: Sonoma Speaker Series - In Conversation with Steve Kerr

Steve Kerr

Photo: Emily Berl

Steve Kerr is a professional basketball coach and former player.

In 2014, he became the Head Coach of the Golden State Warriors.

Kerr is a five-time NBA champion, having won 3 titles with the Chicago Bulls and 2 titles with the San Antonio Spurs as a player, as well as 3 titles with the Warriors as a head coach.  He has the highest career 3-point percentage (45.4%) in NBA history for any player with at least 250 three-pointers made.  He also held the NBA record for highest 3-point percentage in a season at 52.4% until that record was broken in 2010.

In April of 2015, Kerr broke the NBA record for the most regular season wins for a ‘rookie’ coach. The Warriors went on to win the 2015 NBA Finals, making Kerr the first rookie coach to win a championship since the 1982 NBA Finals. On April 13, 2016, the Warriors broke the record for the most wins in an NBA season, breaking a record previously held by Kerr's 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors returned to the Finals for three straight years, losing in 2016 and winning again in 2017 and 2018.

Kerr was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and spent much of his childhood there. In 1984, his father, Malcolm, 52, was serving as the President of the American University of Beirut when he was assassinated by Islamic Jihad.  Steve was 18 at the time, attending the University of Arizona as a freshman.

Steve is married to his high school sweetheart, Margot, has three children, and is now a new homeowner in the Presidio Heights.  He is a big proponent of gun control.

Garry St. James

Garry St. Jean

We are honored to have Coach Steve Kerr on our stage, in conversation with Garry St. Jean, former Head Coach and General Manager of the Warriors, and now in-studio analyst for the Warriors on NBC Sports Bay Area. 

Please join us for an unforgettable evening!

October 29, 2018: Sonoma Speaker Series - In Conversation with Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul

Michael McFaul is an American academic, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, an analyst for NBC News, and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post.

McFaul served for five years in the Obama administration, first as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Russian and Eurasian Affairs at the National Security Council at the White House (2009-2012), and then as U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation (2012-2014).

As the U.S. Ambassador, he unexpectedly found himself the subject of a concerted Russian propaganda campaign, accused of plotting to overthrow Vladimir Putin.

McFaul’s two-year tenure as Ambassador ended in 2014, but Putin did not forget about him.  At the July Summit in Helsinki, Putin attempted to make a deal with President Trump.  In exchange for letting Robert Mueller’s team question the twelve indicted Russian intelligence officers thought to have participated in cyber-meddling in the 2016 election, Russian counterparts would get the chance to question McFaul.

President Trump said that Vladimir Putin tendered him an “incredible offer.”  Bottom of FormHowever, the proposal drew a formal rebuke from the Senate, which approved a non-binding resolution, 98 to 0, against allowing Russia to question McFaul or other current and former U.S. officials.

McFaul, a Montana native educated at Stanford and Oxford, was known during his Russia days as an online pioneer among the diplomatic corps, writing an ambassadorial blog and engaging in exchanges with ordinary Russians. As the Summit unfolded, he went on Twitter to express his shock and disbelief:

“When Trump says Russia is no longer targeting America, that’s not how this American feels. Putin is most certainly targeting and intimidating me. And I’m an American.”

McFaul has authored several books, most recently the New York Times bestseller,  “From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia.”  His current research interests include American foreign policy, great power relations between China, Russia, and the United States, and the relationship between democracy and development.

Michael McFaul will be interviewed by Laura Zimmerman.

Come hear him speak about his latest book, as well as a few other topics of interest in the news these days!


December 5, 2018: Sonoma Speaker Series - In Conversation with Fr. Gregory Boyle

Gregory Boyle

Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries

Gregory Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, the largest gang-intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world.

A Jesuit priest, from 1986 to 1992 Father Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in Los Angeles that also had the highest concentration of gang activity in the city.

Father Boyle witnessed the devastating impact of gang violence on his community during the so-called “decade of death” that began in the late 1980s and peaked at 1,000 gang-related killings in 1992. In the face of law enforcement tactics and criminal justice policies of suppression and mass incarceration as the means to end gang violence, Father Boyle and parish and community members adopted what was a radical approach at the time: treat gang members as human beings.

Homeboy IndustriesIn 1988 they started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, which employs and trains former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to thousands of men and women who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.

Father Boyle is the author of the 2010 New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion.   His 2017 book is the Los Angeles Times-bestseller Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship.

He has received the California Peace Prize and been inducted into the California Hall of Fame. In 2014, the White House named Father Boyle a Champion of Change. He received the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal, the oldest honor given to American Catholics.