San Francisco Opera Announces Jack Calhoun as New Board President-Elect

By Afton Wooten

San Francisco Opera announced that Jack Calhoun will take on the role of board president on August 1, 2023.

Calhoun succeeds President Keith Geeslin, who will be stepping down after a decade of service once the centennial season closes. Serving the board since 2008, Calhoun currently holds the chair for the Marketing Committee and is a member of the board’s Executive, Directors and Officers, Finance, and Strategy Development committees. He was elected at a special meeting of the board of directors on Nov. 11.

Jack Calhoun has made a career in marketing and merchandising. Today, he is a senior advisor with McKinsey & Company.  Calhoun has non-profit experience including Vice Chair of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and has served on the national board of GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for five years.

President-Elect Jack Calhoun said in a press release, “I am honored to take on this role for San Francisco Opera—a company created and sustained by our extraordinary Bay Area community over the last 100 years. As we enter our second century, it is vital that we continue to boldly expand on the artistic innovations that have made this company what it is and to invite new audiences and donors to connect with us through innovative new ways to interact with opera.”