Lisa Bury Appointed Chief Philanthropy Officer at San Francisco Opera

By Dejan Vukosavljevic
(Credit: San Francisco Opera)

Matthew Shilvock, Tad and Dianne Taube General Director of San Francisco Opera has announced the appointment of Lisa Bury as Chief Philanthropy Officer.

Bury joins San Francisco Opera from the Dallas Opera, where she currently serves as Chief Advancement and Strategy Officer.

“I am thrilled to welcome Lisa to San Francisco Opera at such a pivotal time for the Company. Lisa brings extraordinary experience and wisdom leading fundraising efforts in American opera companies and has a personal passion for the art form that is deeply inspiring,” said Shilvock in an official press statement. “Lisa is joining us at a time when Eun Sun Kim is beginning her tenure as music director, our centennial season is just around the corner and we are looking at new ways of sharing opera with broader communities. I am so excited for the lasting impact that Lisa will bring as we work to deepen our connection within the Bay Area and beyond,” added Shilvock.

“It is an honor to join Matthew Shilvock and his leadership team. I was completely mesmerized by the Company’s current Fidelio and the electrifying music-making led by Eun Sun Kim. Working in partnership with San Francisco Opera’s family of board and staff to build the philanthropic investments needed to advance our mission deeply into the next 100 years is an absolute dream come true for me,” said Bury of her appointment.

Bury earned both an M.B.A. and an M.A. in Arts Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she is currently an adjunct professor at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. She holds additional degrees from Ithaca College in New York and Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Bury is also a dedicated violinist and violist.

Bury assumes her new position at the San Francisco Opera on December 8, 2021.