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San Francisco

The World According to Willie Brown

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Recently, CNN wanted to find out, “What Happened to San Francisco?” They called Willie Brown. As two-term mayor of San Francisco and legendary speaker of the California State Assembly, he is still the go-to guy in California politics, government and civic life.

With the national media spotlight on the Bay Area as San Francisco faces twin crises of homelessness and drug addiction, Mayor Brown returns to The Commonwealth Club to give us the lowdown. He will separate hype from reality and talk about what local leaders can do to address the city's multiple challenges. A strong advocate for health equity, his focus is on ways to ensure access to quality health care regardless of income or background. He’ll also share his take on state and national politics as well as on the country’s growing polarization.

 Join us for Willie Brown’s annual conversation with The Commonwealth Club.


This program has 2 types of tickets available: In-person and online-only. Please pre-register to receive a link to the live-stream event.

Safety Protocols for in-person attendance:

  • We follow best practices laid out by the CDC and state and local guidelines.
  • We strongly recommend vaccination for guests, staff, and volunteers.
  • Masks are strongly encouraged while indoors (if you do not have one and would like one, inquire at our front desk for a complimentary mask).
  • We reserve the right to require different rules for specific events as necessary.

Our LEED Gold-certified building is designed to cool with outside air, using digitally controlled moveable windows and large ceiling fans. We are deploying additional HEPA filters inside to scrub the air. This is all in addition to increased cleaning of surfaces throughout the building.

The Commonwealth Club of California is a nonprofit public forum; we welcome donations made during registration to support the production of our online programming.

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All ticket sales are final and nonrefundable.

Wed, Jun 28 / 6:00 pm PDT

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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The Honorable Willie Brown

Former Mayor of San Francisco; Former Speaker of the California State Assembly

Moderator TBA


5:30 p.m. doors open & check-in
6–7 p.m. program
(all times PDT)


$15 members
$25 nonmembers
Free for Leadership Circle members and for students (with valid I.D.)
Free for members
$10 nonmembers