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From the Executive Director: Community Unites to Face Our New Reality

Our students and alumni are demonstrating their commitment to supporting the next generation of trailblazers in thoughtful and solution-oriented ways, in spite of the challenges they themselves face.

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Spring 2020

Dear Cal family, We know that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a tremendous impact on the personal lives of all those in our global Cal community. Your ongoing connection and collective support is invaluable as we face challenges together during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. We must demonstrate our commitment to uplift all […]

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Director’s Chair: Spring 2020

At UC Berkeley’s winter 2020 commencement, I celebrated Maria Smith ’20, who I had the privilege of meeting and mentoring when she worked as a student assistant for the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program.

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Update from the Cal Alumni Association on COVID-19

I am reaching out to you, our Cal alumni community, to encourage our ongoing connection during this time of uneasiness and unpredictability. Our collective support is invaluable as we move forward and face the challenges together.

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Director’s Chair Winter 2019: In a Sea of Red, Blue and Gold Rise Up

Earlier this fall, I traveled to Mississippi to support our Cal football team members, some of whom are from the South, at their game against Ole Miss.

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Fall 2019

Reflections on an epoch-making year for diversity and student excellence

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Director’s Chair: Fall 2019

As a UC Berkeley alumna, I find it more critical than ever to uplift today’s students. I remember sitting among new graduates, their families and friends, and Cal faculty and staff in the cold wind and pouring rain at UC Berkeley’s commencement celebration in May. It wasn’t just the weather that made the moment stick in my mind; it was also listening to Tiffany Moore ’19 sing “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music as it stormed.

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Summer 2019

We’re getting older—and that’s great news! This year, the Cal Alumni Association’s Alumni Scholars Program celebrates 85 years of support for the best and brightest in the Cal community.

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Director’s Chair: Summer 2019

In late April, I had the privilege of traveling to Sacramento to discuss the inclusion of higher education in California’s state budget. I joined UC Berkeley leaders like Chancellor Carol Christ and UC Regent Jason Morimoto ’02 to meet with those working on the budget to advocate on behalf of students and their needs.

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A Letter from the Executive Director | Fall 2018

I have so much to be grateful for as we prepare to enter a new school year. I am still thrilled by the opportunity to serve as executive director of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA)—an opportunity made possible by the exceptional education I received at Cal. Each day, I collaborate with an amazing community of […]

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Director’s Chair: Fall 2018

Each fall, we greet incoming students and welcome alumni returning to campus, but this season is different.

Hewlett and Hon. William T. Bagley ’49, J.D. ’52, former California assemblyman and 2002 Alumnus of the Year.
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Director’s Chair: Summer 2018

UC Berkeley turned 150 years old on Charter Day, March 23, 2018. Alumni from the Classes of 1947 through 2017, plus family, friends, and current students, came to campus to show love for our university and celebrate our diverse, global legacy.