Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary Host Committee, photo by Mary Currie

Host Committee

We gratefully acknowledge the generous San Francisco Bay Area leaders who served as ambassadors for the 75th Anniversary.

With their support and leadership, the celebration showcased the creativity, talent, and civic spirit that produced the Golden Gate Bridge 75 years ago and that continue to define our region today.

Two fourth-generation San Franciscans, Larry Baer and Nancy Bechtle, served as co-chairs of the Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary Steering Committee, established by the Parks Conservancy.

As co-chairs, Baer and Bechtle led efforts to engage the Bay Area community in supporting the 75th Anniversary celebration.

Steering Committee


Nancy Bechtle and Larry Baer, photo by Mary Currie
Nancy Hellman Bechtle: Civic Leader; Chair, Presidio Trust Board; service on many corporate and nonprofit boards 

Larry Baer: Team President and Chief Operating Officer of the world champion San Francisco Giants 

Steering Committee Members:

Michael Billeci
Regional President, San Francisco Bay Area
Wells Fargo

Mark Buell
Chair, Board of Directors
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Rich Cerussi
President and General Manager
NBC Bay Area

Ron Conway
Civic Leader
Founder, Angel Investors LP Fund

Joe Green
Founder and President

Douglas Goldman
Chairman and Founder
Certain, Inc.

Charlene Harvey
Presidio Trust Board of Directors

Sally Hambrecht
Civic Leader

Diane Gage Lofgren
Senior Vice President, Brand Strategy, Communications and Public Relations
Kaiser Permanente

Phil Marineau
Operating Partner
LNK Partners

Andy Schilling
Union Square Investment Company

Rich Silverstein
Co-chairman and Creative Director
Goodby, Silverstein & Partners

Staci Slaughter
Vice President, Marketing
San Francisco Giants

Matt Stiker
Executive VP and Chief Marketing Officer
San Francisco Travel Association

Geoff Teeter
Vice President of Corporate Relations

Charlotte Mailliard Shultz
San Francisco Chief of Protocol

Lynn Mellen Wendell
Civic Leader


Hosting Organizations

Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Janet Reilly, Chair, Board of Directors
Denis Mulligan, General Manager

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Mark Buell, Chair, Board of Trustees
Greg Moore, Executive Director 

National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks
Frank Dean, General Superintendent 

Presidio Trust
Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Chair, Board of Directors
Craig Middleton, Executive Director

City and County of San Francisco
The Honorable Ed Lee, Mayor

Honorary Host Committee 

Irene Baran
CEO, Speck Products
Chip Bergh
CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.
Bill Bungeroth
VP and Market Manager
Cumulus Media San Francisco
Erika Diaz
Operations Manager
Steven Dinkelspiel
President & Publisher
San Francisco Magazine
Jack Dorsey
Executive Chairman of Twitter
CEO of Square, a founder of both
Anthony F. Earley, Jr.
CEO, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Stephen Jones
SVP and General Manager
David Miller
Hanson Bridgett LLP
Frank Vega
San Francisco Chronicle
Russell Yarrow
General Manager, Corporate Relations