david & ginny freeman
founders, Sonoma Valley Authors’ Festival
David co-founded the Sonoma Valley Authors’ Festival in January 2016 with his wife, Ginny. The goal of SVAF is to “Stimulate the Minds and Nurture the Souls of Readers.” Based in Sonoma, the SVAF will bring together 25 key authors from around the world to discuss their books and the “how and why” of their writing. Prior to organizing the Sonoma Valley Authors’ festival, David was active in the financial services business for 25 years, holding senior management positions with Winthrop Financial, Bessemer Trust Company and Ashfield Capital Partners. David has served on the Board of the Northern California Chapter of the American Liver Foundation, Episcopal Charities, and Merola, part of San Francisco Opera. He and Ginny enjoy their time between their homes in San Francisco and Sonoma.
Ginny was recruited from Purdue University, where she earned her B.S. degree from the Krannert School of Management, by Arthur Andersen & Co. to work for their consulting group at their Chicago headquarters in technical capacities at client locations. She relocated to San Francisco to work for Bank of America in tech support as a systems engineer, then joined IBM (her division was divested and became Lexmark) where she achieved recognition in field and retail sales, staff, and management roles. Somewhat recently, she started a business that specializes in photo management which includes scanning, correcting and enhancing photos with Photoshop, then organizing them for electronic or printed use and enjoyment. Ms. Freeman has volunteered in numerous hands-on capacities supporting San Francisco. In 2008, Ginny married David Freeman whom she met at their church and they have since supported each others’ community involvement including Episcopal Charities and the San Francisco Opera. In 2004, Ginny and David climbed 14,162 feet to the summit of Mt. Shasta to raise funds for the American Liver Foundation. Ginny and David live in San Francisco and recently acquired a weekend home in Sonoma County.