How invigorating it is to share the hard work of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA) in pursuit of our mission to support the university and connect its alumni in 2020. CAA rose to the challenge of the times: unleashing creativity, reimagining engagement, and creating exciting programming. I am grateful to our Board of Directors, senior leadership, and staff for transforming our programs to provide virtual experiences that inspire Cal spirit. Many alumni also conducted research, developed tools, and implemented solutions to keep us safe during the pandemic. Last, I am grateful for our Chancellor’s leadership and guidance in developing strategies to bring students back on campus this fall.
As challenging as the year was, the Cal alumni community found ways to connect through robust virtual programs, engaging more than 9,000 alumni. One standout example is the group of alumni who ensured incoming students received warm welcomes to campus, making transitions to Berkeley as smooth as possible throughout the summer. New transfer students enjoyed an inside look at career paths at an alumni-hosted virtual mixer during orientation.
Alumni Chapters provided vital community gatherings, such as the UC Berkeley Black Engineering and Science Alumni Club’s COVID-19 Vaccines: Science and Facts workshop. The annual Berkeley China Summit, where leaders discuss business, public health, technology, and culture in the US and China, engaged nearly 1,000 participants virtually. The Lair of the Golden Bear captured our attention with family-friendly programming straight from Pinecrest, CA, including weekly campfire broadcasts and at-home activities.
Our Alumni Engagement Expansion initiative completed its third year. The $3.1M investment supports programming—from social and service events to lectures and networking—as well as our Alumni Chapters and their 495 volunteer leaders. Our commitment to best-in-class lifelong learning continues.
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California magazine launched The Edge, a podcast “for surviving our modern world”—in which we navigate complex issues from human genetic engineering to the science of psychedelics with the help of UC Berkeley. California’s stellar journalism earned the Grand Gold Award from the Council for Advancement of Higher Education.
Elected as Board President in July, I embrace the opportunity to serve. Connecting, communicating, being present, advocating, and giving back are the pillars of my approach. In true Cal spirit, the CAA team and I are looking forward to gathering around athletics, arts, and cultural events in 2021. We are ready to take advantage of the uptick in excitement, and I invite you to actively engage, participate, and contribute to CAA and the university.
With your continued support, we will deliver on our mission and reinforce Cal’s commitment to excellence and inclusion.
Alfonso R. Salazar ’90
President, Cal Alumni Association
The condensed financial information presented has been audited by Moss Adams, LLP and should be read in conjunction with the 2020 audited financial statements and related notes, which may be requested from the CAA Accounting office.