Letter from the Executive Director

Dear Alumni and Friends,

A new year marks new beginnings for me as Executive Director of the Cal Alumni Association (CAA), and exciting opportunities for Cal students, our ever-loyal Cal alumni and friends, and the University.

I am delighted and honored to lead CAA into a future bright with change, challenge, and possibility. I attended Cal as an undergraduate, and Berkeley forever altered my life. Berkeley Law gave me the tools that prepared me for a rewarding career in law and public service. My position as a member of CAA’s Board of Directors inspired my great sense of community with all of the extraordinary alumni who come back to Berkeley. CAA provides opportunities for alumni to stay in touch through more than 90 alumni chapters, our award-winning California magazine, and a myriad of events to gather and stay connected to Berkeley. For life.

Many of our alumni give back to Berkeley, as you demonstrated with your great support throughout last year. Nearly 3,000 alumni and friends gave to The CAA Fund in 2015 — more than 30% of them first-time donors. Over half took advantage of our convenient online service at alumni.berkeley.edu/give to support our mission.

This world-class institution shaped our lives and enabled our dreams when we were students at UC Berkeley. Your generous financial gifts and the thousands of hours of alumni volunteerism will make possible a multitude of CAA programs and services in 2016. Thanks to you, more than 750 undergraduate scholars also share in the Cal dream, supported through CAA Alumni Scholarships.

Our membership continues to grow as more alumni appreciate how CAA keeps us connected and collectively driven toward supporting the future of our alma mater. Together we accomplish so much. We have much to do. We enter this new year with energy and optimism. We will get things done. I could not be more excited and grateful to be part of such an illustrious community. It is time to celebrate Cal.

Fiat Lux and Go Bears!
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Clothilde Hewlett ’76, J.D. ’79
Executive Director