San Ramon’s William Doerlich started piano lessons at age 4, next began to play the trumpet, and has been an arts enthusiast ever since. “I’ve always been involved in the arts, both as a performer when younger, and just having a real appreciation of the arts and what they mean to the community,” said Doerlich, 64, a full-time real estate agent, president of the San Ramon Arts Foundation and member of the city’s Parks and Community Services Commission.He played in high school bands, brass ensembles, jazz bands, rock bands and garage bands when younger, and became involved in the local arts community when he served on the board of Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, from 1988-2001.
“The arts provide a balance for people,” Doerlich said. “There’s something about the arts that connects you to other people while still expressing your uniqueness. It takes you outside of yourself, gets you in touch with the divine within you, that higher essence.”
Doerlich, who is a real estate broker at Realty ONE in San Ramon, a director for the California Association of Realtors and 2016 president-elect for the Bay East Association of Realtors, also brings a skill set to the arts community that gets results.
“He is the kind of arts leader who does not say ‘no’ when faced with a new idea or concept,” said Kathi Heimann, program manager for the San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department. “Instead he dives in and figures out what can be done to make things happen.” “While he was on the Arts Advisory Committee, he was one of the champions for literary arts and helped develop the poet laureate program for San Ramon,” she continued. “He provided input into the creation of San Ramon’s first Cultural Plan. He assisted with the selection of gallery exhibits and public art projects for the city.”
For the past two years Doerlich has been president of the San Ramon Arts Foundation, where he has helped secure funding to support the Youth Symphony, community bands and the Foreign Films Series. “One of the things I’ve always wanted to do was get more art organizations, performing organizations, under the foundation because one of the benefits is the relationship with the city, access to the facilities, etc.,” Doerlich said. “Also we are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and a lot of groups don’t have the wherewithal to do that.” He’s proud of helping start San Ramon’s professional dance company, Jumpin’ at the Sun, which is directed by Debbie Saravia and her daughter, Lindsey Saravia Neville.
2015 “Tri-Valley Hero – Arts & Culture” – Embarcadero Media
2014 “Citizen of the Year” – San Ramon Chamber of Commerce
BayEast Association of Realtors – Treasurer 2015
BayEast Association of Realtors – Director 2012/2013
California Association Of Realtors – State Director – 2014
President 2010/2011/2012 – Valley Real Estate Network