Nancy Bechtle, former president and CEO of the San Francisco Symphony, joined the board of directors of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation in September 2001.
Ms. Bechtle directed the San Francisco Symphony as president and CEO from 1987 to 2001, and has served as a member of the board of governors since 1984. During her tenure at the Symphony, Ms. Bechtle presided over the selection of Michael Tilson Thomas as the orchestra's music director, expanded the organization's budget from $21 million to $47.5 million, and oversaw the $10 million acoustical renovation of the symphony hall.
Prior to joining the Symphony, Ms. Bechtle was a director and chief financial officer of J.R. Bechtle & Co., an international consulting firm. She is the chairman and director of the Sugar Bowl Corporation and a director of The Charles Schwab Corporation.
Ms. Bechtle has served on the board of a number of cultural, educational and human service institutions, including the Northern California Health Center, the San Francisco Opera Association and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. She was also chairman of the San Francisco Committee of the U.S. Ski Team.
Throughout her career, Ms. Bechtle has been honored with awards, including the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts award from the California Arts Council, the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, the Leadership in the Arts award from St. Francis Hospital, and the Business Arts Council of the Chamber of Commerce's Trustee award.