Haute 100 San Francisco Update: Dede Wilsey

Our Haute 100 list details the accomplishments of the most influential people in each of our markets—MiamiNew YorkLos Angeles, and San Francisco. These people continue to make moves, so rather than waiting for the next Haute 100 issue to come out, we thought we’d provide you with regular updates on those Haute 100 members who are making headlines. Check back daily for more info on the most powerful people in your city. Dede Wilsey, president of the Fine Arts Museum board, was honored at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum’s fifth anniversary celebration on Thursday, Oct. 14.

Dede Wilsey

Category: Philanthropists

Company: Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

Industry: Art & Culture

What Made Her Haute: Her great grandfather, Herbert Henry Dow, was the founder of Dow Chemical. Her father was U.S. ambassador to Luxemburg and Austria, as well as White House Chief of Protocol under Dwight Eisenhower. Today, she is a prominent figure in the art and culture spheres of San Francisco, having spearheaded the rebuilding of the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. She currently sits on the boards of the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Opera and is the president of the board of trustees of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

What Makes Her Haute Now: Three hundred donors, including former Mayor Willie Brown and Mayor Gavin Newsom, paid tribute to philanthropist Dede Wilsey at the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum on Oct. 14. The FAM board president appeared radiant in a ruffled pink, asymmetrical Oscar de la Renta gown. Guests enjoyed a McCalls dinner, while the Bob Hardwick Orchestra created an elegant atmosphere. Wilsey shared her appreciation for the gracious donors who contributed private funding to create the $200 million museum, which fetes its five-year mark.

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