Committee Member: Charles Chip McNeal
San Francisco - Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community at San Francisco Opera
If there was ever a renaissance man, that man would be Charles Chip McNeal. As a teacher, dancer, coach, actor, and director to name just a few of his many titles, McNeal is now taking on the role of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community at San Francisco Opera. One of McNeal’s many passions lies in arts education for social justice, which makes his new role a great fit in which he will be able to facilitate racial equity and cultural competency in the arts. McNeal’s great successes in his many fields may be attributed to his philosophy: “do not just talk, think, hope or pray – DO Something!”
Oakland (Temescal Neighborhood).
PhD. Doctoral Candidate at California Institute of Integral Studies (August 2020).
Professional tennis – overall sports fitness and finesse thrill me.
Puerta Vallarta for winter holiday.
Egypt (The pyramids are representative of an ancient culture we can still learn from).
Rib-eye Steak and veggies with good wine.
Vanilla ice cream.
Brussel Sprouts (roasted with garlic).
Grilling any protein!
The best thing I ever ate was a Roasted Chicken at Zuni Café in San Francisco.
James Baldwin – my literary hero
Diana Ross – an artistic hero
Oprah – my entrepreneurial hero
I love Lucy – The funniest show ever made.
Prince at the Oakland Coliseum.
Subaru Crosstrek – it's cute, reliable and politically correct.
2019 Honda CB300R.
A CASIO shock-resistant G-SHOCK series: GBA800EL-4A. This is a perpetual analog/digital watch that is synonymous with toughness, functionality and elegance.
Gold Rolex Mariner – represents financial freedom.
Lemonade and vodka
Orange juice and vodka.
Single Malt Scotch - Lagavulin.
Versace or Dior for Men.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewürztraminer.
Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta.
Going to the neighborhood Flea Market.
Writing my dissertation.
This is not brain surgery, so don’t take it too seriously!
I get to bring all of me – my heart, my intellect and my social consciousness.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Community at San Francisco Opera. My job is facilitating racial equity and cultural competency in the arts
Do not just talk, think, hope or pray – DO something!
Food, Housing and Water Rights are my activist passion in addition to Arts Education for Social Justice.
I am a work in progress, we all are!