amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR Award of Courage

Marcia and John Goldman

San Francisco Fall Gala 2010 Honorees

John D. and Marcia Goldman are civic volunteers active in a broad range of philanthropic organizations in the Bay Area and on the national stage. They have long been active in the fight against HIV/AIDS and have been amfAR supporters since 1989. Through the John and Marcia Goldman Foundation they have championed programs targeting underprivileged children and youth as well as healthcare and human services. They have been honored by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and Planned Parenthood Golden Gate.

A native San Franciscan, John received a B.A. from Swarthmore College in 1971 and an M.B.A. from Stanford University in 1975. He is the former chair of Willis Insurance Services of California, Inc. Previously he was CEO of Richard N. Goldman & Co., an insurance brokerage firm. Prior to joining Goldman Insurance Services in 1986, he served in the Office of Legislative Analyst for the State of California from 1975 to 1978, and as assistant secretary of transportation for the state from 1978 to 1981.

John has been president of the San Francisco Symphony since 2001 after joining its board of governors in 1996. He serves as an advisory board member of the Wildlife Conservation Society and the Trust for Public Land, and an honorary board member of Project Open Hand. John is also the president of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, serves as a trustee of several family foundations, and sits on the boards of FACE AIDS and Building Futures Now.

Marcia earned both her B.A. and teaching credential in 1977 and her masters in special education–severely handicapped in 1980 from California State University, Sacramento. She co-founded Learning Place Preschool, which integrated special needs children with typical preschoolers. In 1987, she founded New Beginnings Family Workshop, a therapeutic-based program for children with autism. In 1997, Marcia established a consulting service for families, school districts, and private organizations. She joined Pacific Autism Center for Education as school director in 2002 and served as education director until June 2010. She specializes in individualized curriculum development, parent and staff training, and behavior planning.

In addition to her involvement in the family foundation, Marcia has served on the boards of Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, Community Breast Health Project, TheatreWorks, Jewish Vocational Services, Cure Autism Now, and the University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute. In 2004, she was honored for her commitment to children’s mental wellness by the Iris Alliance Fund.

John and Marcia have been married for 33 years and have two children.