The 2013 “Women Who Could Be President” Gala

Admirable. Strong. Gracious.

These are just three of many positive words that describe the local leaders honored at the League of Women Voters of San Francisco’s “Women Who Could Be President” Gala on May 2.

Bonnie J. Addario, Nancy Hellman Bechtle, Naomi M. Kelly, Christine Pelosi and Nancy E. Pfund were celebrated at the League’s 18th annual gala because they could hold their own in the company of any national leader.

Check out photos from the gala here, courtesy of photographer Robert Foster (

Take a quick look at the honorees’ bios to learn about their impact on our community:

Bonnie J. Addario is the Founder and Chair of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (BJALCF), a San Francisco-based, international nonprofit organization, the Founder of the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), and a nine-year lung cancer survivor.

Nancy Hellman Bechtle is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Presidio Trust. Previously, she was Chief Financial Officer and Director for J.R. Bechtle & Company from 1979 to 1998. From 1987 to 2001, she was president and Chief Executive Officer of the San Francisco Symphony.

Naomi M. Kelly is the City Administrator for the City and County of San Francisco. As City Administrator, Ms. Kelly oversees the city’s General Services Agency consisting of 20 departments, divisions. The General Services Agency has an annual budget of over $450 million and approximately 2,100 employees.

Christine Pelosi has been volunteering in politics since the stroller, and currently conducts leadership boot camps based on her books Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders and Campaign Boot Camp 2.0.

Nancy E. Pfund is Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Investors, a San Francisco-based women-owned venture capital firm, whose goal is to combine top-tier financial returns with meaningful social, economic and environmental returns in the regions in which it invests.

We look forward to seeing you all next year!

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