La Jolla Playhouse has announced that the city and county of San Diego will designate March 31 as Ralph Bryan Day. This proclamation honors Bryan’s service to the La Jolla Playhouse as board chairman for the past three years, as well as his efforts as a member of the board for the past eight years.
During his tenure on the board, Bryan helped the Playhouse successfully complete its seven-year, $40 million capital campaign and led the Playhouse’s annual fundraising efforts for the last eight years, during which the organization raised more than $24 million in operating support. Additionally, he spearheaded the establishment of the Inner Circle Program for donors and recently helped create the Revelle Society to honor those supporters who commit testamentary gifts to the Playhouse. During his tenure as board chairman, the Playhouse had three consecutive annual surpluses and built a significant working cash reserve.
As an alumnus of the UCSD, he helped successfully build and nurture the important relationship with the university. Bryan chaired the 2007 search for the Playhouse’s new artistic director, Christopher Ashley. During his tenure he also helped expand the enhancement of the Playhouse’s national reputation, including the continued success of six productions that have gone on to future life after the Playhouse, among them four transfers to Broadway.
“Ralph’s tremendous leadership abilities, coupled with a passion for and commitment to cutting-edge theatre have made him an invaluable leader of our organization over the past eight years,” Ashley said. “We are deeply grateful for his contributions to the Playhouse and offer our warmest congratulations on this well-deserved honor from the City and County.”
Bryan is managing director of investments for Bryan-Billauer-Kozo, an exclusive, La Jolla-based high net worth and endowment asset management group at Wells Fargo Advisors. He has been with Wells Fargo Advisors and its predecessor firms since 1991. His team manages $400 million of high net worth personal and endowment assets, placing them in the top 100 of 16,000 financial advisors in the firm. He has been named one of the top financial advisors in San Diego by San Diego Magazine, was named one of San Diego’s 40 under 40 to watch in 2006, and placed in the top 20 advisors in America under 40 by Wall Street Magazine in 2006.
In addition to his volunteer efforts at La Jolla Playhouse, Bryan also serves on the Theatre Communications Group National Council for American Theatre and through his production group Latitude Link, he is a voting member of the Broadway League.