Nancy McAleer Golden was raised in Southport, CT. She graduated from the Thomas School where a Bach chorale was sung every morning and a Bach cantata performed every spring. She sang in the Trinity Church choir and loved school trips to New York for the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. She graduated from Russell Sage College with a degree in English. She worked in London for three years in the “swinging sixties” for an American publishing consultant. She held various management positions at Time Inc. for 21 years. She and her husband Fred, a science writer at Time and Discover, moved to San Francisco in 1987 when Nancy established her fundraising consulting business from which she retired in 2019. She provided consulting services to wide range of San Francisco Bay area clients including the California Symphony, CAL Performances, Merola Opera Program, and the Philharmonic Baroque Orchestra. She served on the Opera Santa Board for many years and as board chair from 2016-2018 when she retired from the board. She served on the Santa Barbara Symphony board from 2014 until 2016 when she became Opera Santa Barbara board chair. She is a member of the League of American Orchestras.
She has driven for Meals on Wheels since 1998. She encourages students from K to 4 th to read in the summer through the Santa Barbara Library’s program.
She has trekked in the Swiss Alps, to the Mt. Everest Basecamp, on a Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir, and in the Japanese Alps. Weekends often find Nancy and Fred sailing on their 30-foot Cape Dory Cutter, skiing at Mammoth, or biking. They enjoy their annual summer drive across the country exploring America the Beautiful. Nancy is a member of the Santa Barbara Yacht Club and the Santa Barbara Club.
She’s excited to serve on the Symphony board again and looks forward to helping implement Nir’s, Janet’s, and Kathryn’s five-year, bold vision for the Santa Barbara Symphony.