Press Room


Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

(415) 503-5474
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Oct 14, 2019



SAN FRANCISCO, October 14, 2019 – The San Francisco Symphony (SFS) has announced the appointment of Elizabeth Pesch as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining the Symphony, Ms. Pesch was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Opportunity Fund Community Development. Ms. Pesch brings more than 30 years of experience in the finance and accounting field, working in the corporate and non-profit sector. Prior to joining the Symphony, Ms. Pesch’s experience included leadership positions as CFO at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and as Senior Vice President at Union Bank, following 11 years at Charles Schwab. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from John Carroll University in Cleveland, obtained her CPA license shortly thereafter, and has lived in San Francisco for last 23 years. The appointment is effective November 1st.

As Chief Financial Officer for the SFS, Elizabeth Pesch will be a member of the SFS executive management team and will assist in the setting of institutional policies, practice, and direction. She will work closely with the CEO and Board of Governors, whose highly effective leadership is key to the fiscal vitality of the San Francisco Symphony. Her responsibilities as CFO include strategic and tactical management of the areas of accounting, budgeting and forecasting, the balance sheet, audits, investments, cash management, and payroll, supporting the instrument acquisition process, corporate compliance, pension plan management, risk management, and Information Technology services.

Pesch will oversee all financial reporting activities and internal financial controls relative to the San Francisco Symphony’s $85 million operating budget as well as the organization’s endowment fund.

“Beyond her extensive strategic planning and financial experience, Liz also brings an enormous enthusiasm for and commitment to the non-profit community and the world of music,” said SFS CEO Mark C. Hanson. “I am delighted to welcome Liz to the San Francisco Symphony team and look forward to working with her on strengthening the organization’s capacity and impact as a leader in the arts.”

For further information, please contact the Communications Team of the San Francisco Symphony at 415.503.5474 and [email protected].

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