Kathleen Kane Eberhardt and M. Faye Wilson elected to LA Opera's board of directors
(Los Angeles) September 8, 2020 — Kathleen Kane Eberhardt, a highly regarded career fundraiser, and M. Faye Wilson, the CEO of a business consulting firm that she cofounded, were elected to LA Opera's board of directors earlier this summer.
"In a year that has thrown us all so many tough challenges, the arts have been particularly hard hit," said Marc Stern, chairman of LA Opera's board of directors. "I'm especially grateful to welcome two new board members with such extensive and impressive backgrounds in fundraising and in finance. Their expertise is exactly what we need to move LA Opera forward at this particular time."
Kathleen Kane Eberhardt is a native Californian who grew up attending performances at the Music Center. She recently retired as the Chief Advancement Officer for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, a position she held from 2014 to 2019. From 2004 to 2014, she was the Chief Philanthropy and External Relations Officer at City of Hope, where she completed a $1 billion comprehensive campaign.
Previously, she held several senior development positions at the University of California, San Francisco, where she planned a successful $1.6 billion campus-wide campaign to begin the Mission Bay Campus of UCSF. Early in her career she was a practicing attorney specializing in estate planning.
She has a JD from the University of San Francisco, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from Whittier College. She chaired the development leadership committee for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and served as chair of the Group on Institutional Advancement of the AAMC.
She is a member of The Blue Ribbon and serves on the boards at Whittler College, Huntington Medical Research Institute and The Fuller Foundation. She has been honored with a Management Leadership Award from UCSF and the Outstanding Corporate Businesswoman Award by the Pasadena Women of Achievement.
A lifelong opera lover, M. Faye Wilson is CEO of Wilson Boyles and Company, a business consulting firm specializing in the development and implementation of successful business strategies. Prior to cofounding the firm in 2003, she served as Senior Vice-President, Value Initiatives and Risk Management for The Home Depot, having joined the company in 1998 following a 21-year career at Bank of America. She was Executive Vice President of Bank of America and Chairman and President of Security Pacific Financial Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of BancAmerica Corporation.
She began her banking career as a management trainee in the Corporate Banking Group of Security Pacific National Bank, which merged with and became Bank of America in 1992. Prior to assuming the chairmanship of Security Pacific Financial Services, she was the Executive Vice-President responsible for overseeing credit quality and policy for over 80% of Bank of America’s loan portfolio.
During her Security Pacific career, she spent time in London as the Managing Director of Corporate Finance for Security Pacific Hoare Govett. Prior to the London assignment, she was Managing Director of the Leveraged Buyout Group for the Security Pacific Merchant Bank. Earlier, she was Senior Vice President and Regional Manager in the Corporate Banking Division.
She has served as a director on the corporate boards of BioMed Realty Trust, Inc., Farmers Insurance Group, The Home Depot, SKM, and Community National Bank. She currently serves on the corporate boards of Biocept, Inc (Lead Director and Chair of Audit Committee) and IQHQ. Inc (Chair of Audit Committee). Non-profit boards include Sharp Healthcare and San Diego Humane Society.
Ms. Wilson earned master’s degrees in international relations and in business administration from the University of Southern California.
About LA Opera
Los Angeles is a city of enormous diversity and creativity, and LA Opera is dedicated to reflecting that vibrancy by redefining what opera can be with thrilling performances, thought-provoking productions and innovative programming. The communal and curative power of opera is needed now more than ever before, especially given the extraordinary challenges of the time. As LA Opera awaits its cue to return to the stage with world-class productions in person, the company is offering a multitude of opera content including live recitals, opera broadcasts and learning opportunities via its LA Opera At Home digital offerings, which has accumulated over 630,000 views since its launch on March 17, 2020. The company is grateful to its supporters for helping to ensure that it has the resources needed to get through this unprecedented period through the LA Opera Relief Fund. Those wanting to support LA Opera can visit LAOpera.org/donate.
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