The Cal Alumni Association (CAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jefferson Coombs ‘89 as CAA’s new Executive Director. A native of Marin County and a resident of Los Angeles and San Francisco, Mr. Coombs earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and has been actively engaged with CAA, UC Berkeley, and the UC system for the past 20 years.
Mr. Coombs’s past and present Cal-related roles include: Regent and Regent Emeritus of the University of California; President and Vice President of the Alumni Associations of the University of California (AAUC); Chair of CAA’s Young Alumni Council; and Vice President and member of CAA’s Board of Directors. Earlier this year, Mr. Coombs received CAA’s Excellence in Service Award presented at San Francisco City Hall during the annual CAA Charter Gala.
CAA President Karen Leong Clancy ‘76 remarks, “I believe the combination of Jefferson’s experience and his undeniable commitment to Cal make him the ideal individual to lead our organization. His passion for and dedication to CAA and his alma mater are clear.”
A seasoned marketing professional, Mr. Coombs has worked with Campbell-Ewald; Planet Out, Inc & RSVP Vacations; DDB Worldwide; FCB Worldwide, Vargas Marketing Group; and most recently as Co-Director of Client Services at Pereira & O’Dell in San Francisco.
“I am deeply honored and incredibly excited to take the helm as Cal’s senior ambassador of our global alumni community. This is a dynamic and transformative time for UC Berkeley, and our alumni and friends will play an increasingly pivotal role in strengthening Cal’s pre eminence. My number one priority is to ensure our 450,000 alumni remain informed of, inspired by, and engaged with all that makes Berkeley a global leader in higher education,” declares Coombs. “As a longtime Cal and UC advocate, I know there are myriad ways in which our alumni can get involved. I look forward to informing Berkeley graduates of how they can actively support Cal’s mission of excellence and access through the Cal Alumni Association’s diverse programs.”
Mr. Coombs will begin his new role as Executive Director in early October. Current Executive Director R. Tucker Coop ‘67, who announced his retirement earlier this year, will continue at CAA until mid-November to assist in the transition process.
With a mission of advancing and promoting the interests of the University of California, Berkeley, CAA has been supporting alumni and connecting them to the Berkeley campus through a variety of quality programs and services since 1872.