John D. Goldman is the former Chairman of Willis Insurance Services of California, Inc., part of the Willis Group Holdings, a London-based global brokerage, operating more than 300 offices in more than 100 countries with 13,000 associates. Previously, he was Chief Executive Officer of Richard N. Goldman & Co., an insurance brokerage firm specializing in the development of customized commercial and personal insurance and risk management programs.
Prior to joining Goldman Insurance Services in 1986, John served in the Office of Legislative Analyst for the State of California from 1975 to 1978, as Assistant Secretary of Transportation for the State of California from 1978 to 1981, and was owner of a regional chain of children’s clothing stores from 1982 to 1985.
A native San Franciscan, John graduated in 1967 from Lick-Wilmerding High School. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College in 1971 and a Masters in Business Administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 1975.
Active in the community and philanthropic activities, John is President of the San Francisco Symphony, having assumed this role in 2001 after joining the Symphony’s Board of Governors in 1996. He is also a Past President of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. He serves on the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College, the Board of Governors of the Insurance Industry Charitable Fund (IICF), and the Stanford University Athletic Board. He is a trustee of several family foundations, including the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, and the Goldman Environmental Foundation. He also serves as an Advisory Board member of the Wildlife Conservation Society; a member of the President’s Council of the Coyote Point Center for Environmental Education; an Honorary Board Member of Project Open Hand; and an Advisory Board Member of the Trust for Public Land. He is past President of the Board of Jewish Family and Children’s Services and is a former Board member of the Institute on Aging of Mt. Zion Health Systems.
John lives in Atherton with his wife, Marcia, and two children, Aaron, age 26, and Jessica, age 24, as well as 3 cats and a dog.