IGS Salon Gala 2015 - Politics 2016: The Insiders’ View

Salon Gala Fundraiser
Thursday, October 15, 2015
6:00pm to 8:30pm
Julia Morgan Ballroom, Merchants Exchange Building
465 California Street, at Montgomery
San Francisco CA

As American voters face a wide open presidential election amid a changing political landscape, two of the country’s most distinguished strategists provide an insiders’ perspective on the 2016 campaign and the nature of American politics. Democrat David Axelrod and Republican Steve Schmidt have both served as top advisors in the White House and on the presidential campaign trail. Now they will bring their unique insights to IGS, where they will be joined by moderator Amy Walter, the national editor of the Cook Political Report, for a discussion sure to inform, enlighten, and entertain.

In addition, the Institute will honor two award recipients. 

Robert BirgeneauRobert J. Birgeneau, 9th Chancellor of the University of California Berkeley, will receive the Darius and Sarah Anderson Distinguished Service Award. An internationally distinguished physicist, Birgeneau is a leader in higher education and is well known for his commitment to diversity and equity in the academic community. He became the ninth chancellor on September 22, 2004, and served in this capacity for nearly nine years, successfully advancing a vision of “Access and Excellence” until stepping down at the end of May, 2013. Birgeneau remains on the UC Berkeley campus as a member of its faculty in the Departments of Physics and Materials Science and Engineering. Birgeneau is also the leader of the Lincoln Project.

Thuy Vu

Thuy Vu ('92) will receive the Bill and Patrice Brandt Alumni Leadership Award. Vu is a five-time Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor and program host who's covered everything from presidential debates to culinary creations. She hosts KQED Newsroom, a news analysis and interview program that takes audiences beyond the headlines and quick soundbites. She previously hosted LinkAsia, was a co-host of Eye on the Bay, and has been a news anchor and reporter for various Bay Area stations.

The annual IGS Salon Gala is presented by the Institute’s National Advisory Council, and celebrates members of the Berkeley community and the Institute’s continued status as an elite research center and home to programs that engage students in public service. Proceeds benefit this wide range of IGS activities. 

Event Details

This year’s event will feature a cocktail hour with heavy hors d'oeuvres, followed by the presentation of the IGS videos and awards and the discussion between Mr. Axelrod and Mr. Schmidt. Please see below for the full schedule.

Tickets are limited. To order tickets, please visit our Give to Cal page or contact Katherine Nguyen at k.nguyen [at] berkeley.edu or 510-642-5658. Prior to the event, you will receive an email confirming your purchase and providing additional details. 

  • Individual Tickets: $250 per guest
  • Blue Sponsor (group sales): $3,000 per table (10 tickets)
  • Gold Sponsor (corporations): $5,000 per table (10 tickets)

This event is being generously underwritten by Bill Brandt, the Chair of the National Advisory Council, and Patrice Bugelas-Brandt.

The dress code for this event is business casual. 

6 – 7 p.m.: Cocktail hour with hors d'oeuvres

7 – 7:30 p.m.: Presentation of the Brandt and Anderson awards

7:30 – 8:30 p.m.: Politics 2016: The Insiders’ View

David Axelrod

Steve Schmidt

Amy Walter, moderator

The Julia Morgan Ballroom is located at 465 California St. at Montgomery St. on the 15th floor of the Mercants Exchange Building in San Francisco's Financial District.

Get directions to the event site (Google maps).

Complimentary valet parking will be available for all ticket holders beginning at 6 pm in front of 465 California St.

BART and MUNI Metro are located four blocks away (Montgomery station).

For more information, please contact:

Ethan Rarick
IGS Associate Director
erarick [at] berkeley.edu


Katherine Nguyen
Administrative Officer
k.nguyen [at] berkeley.edu

The 2015 Salon Gala is sold out. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Nguyen at k.nguyen [at] berkeley.edu or 510-642-5658.

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Tickets may be purchased by visiting our Give to Cal page or by contacting Katherine Nguyen at k.nguyen [at] berkeley.edu or 510-642-5658.

At the Give to Cal page, please enter the total dollar amount of your ticket purchase on the right, and then follow the prompts to complete the transaction. Prior to the event, you will receive an email confirming your purchase and providing additional details.

Individual Tickets: $250 per guest
Blue Sponsor (group sales): $3,000 per table (10 tickets)
Gold Sponsor (corporations): $5,000 per table (10 tickets)

Checks made payable to UC Regents should be sent to:

Katherine Nguyen
Institute of Governmental Studies
109 Moses Hall #2370
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA  94720-2370