Deborah Strobin Philanthropist

Deborah Strobin escaped Nazi Austria along with her parents on the last boat to Shanghai during WWII. Today Deborah is a well-known Nob Hill, San Francisco philanthropist credited with organizing large and high profile fundraising events over the past two decades, including the first ever HIV/AIDS benefit at Davies Symphony Hall in the 1980s, the city’s first Yves St. Laurent couture fashion show to benefit the San Francisco Symphony, and the largest fundraiser in US history for stem cell research in 2006. Deborah also served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol for the city of San Francisco and commissioner of the Public Library Commission. Her late husband, Ed Strobin was chief executive officer of Banana Republic and one of the founders of Discovery Channel stores.