Public Health Alumni Association
The UC Berkeley Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) was established in 1953 to build and strengthen personal and professional relationships among public health alumni and students of the University of California, Berkeley.
The association is led by a volunteer board of directors, which consists of 18 elected alumni directors, three of whom are officers; one non-elective director appointed by the dean; the dean as an ex-officio board member; and three student representatives appointed by the school’s student body. In addition to regularly scheduled board meetings which occur throughout the academic year, there are several standing and ad hoc committees, such as scholarship, events and nominating, that also meet regularly.
Through the work of the board and its committees, the Public Health Alumni Association sponsors a series of programs and activities which benefit students and promote mutual help and communication leading to the improvement in professional work among public health alumni of the University of California, Berkeley, in concert with the mission of the School of Public Health.
To learn more about the association, you may contact the Public Health Alumni Association’s executive director, Eileen Pearl.
Phone: (510) 643-6382
Become a Board Member
To submit your application, print out and complete the application form. Please submit the form along with a copy of your current c.v. or resume. Send the materials to the External Relations Office by mail to:
Office of External Relations
School of Public Health
2121 Berkeley Way #5302
Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
The application form and supporting materials are due March 1 before the summer you wish to begin serving the three-year term. All submissions will be reviewed by the Alumni Association Nominating Committee, and applicants will be contacted with a decision.
Board Member Benefits & Responsibilities
A member of the Public Health Alumni Association (PHAA) Board of Directors is appointed based on demonstrated involvement, support, and commitment to the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, its alumni constituency, and the field of public health itself. In accepting a three-year appointment, an individual agrees to fulfill the requirements and meet the responsibilities associated with board membership.
- Graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
- Demonstrated involvement, support, and commitment to the School of Public Health, its alumni, and the field of public health.
- Represent one of the “domains,” or specialty areas, of public health.
- Have the available time to sustain the commitment.
As a member of the board of directors, it is expected that each director be involved in the following ways:
- Attend and participate in all regularly scheduled board meetings, held four times each year, and an annual planning retreat.
- Actively serve on at least one PHAA committee. Occasionally, these committee meetings are held in conjunction with the board meeting, but many are held at other times throughout the year.
- Act as an advocate on behalf of the School of Public Health and the Public Health Alumni Association. This may involve talking with prospective students, meeting with other alumni, communicating with area legislators, attending community events, participating in UC Berkeley events, and other outreach activities.
- Assist the school in identifying, cultivating, and involving alumni in areas such as student recruitment, job placement, legislative advocacy, financial support, and more.
- Recruit new members to the PHAA Board of Directors.
- Become familiar with the programs and activities sponsored, organized, and coordinated by the School’s Office of External Relations and Development.
- Accept leadership and participatory roles in School and PHAA programs and activities as needed, working closely with the alumni staff on behalf of Schoolwide and PHAA objectives.
- Contribute an annual gift to the School of Public Health. All board members should contribute at a level appropriate to their capability.
As a member of the PHAA Board of Directors, you will receive tremendous personal and professional satisfaction. Benefits include:
- Networking with other alumni
- Affiliation with the School of Public Health
- Access to faculty and students
- Invitations to School-related activities/events
- A means of maintaining professional competency
- An opportunity to mentor young members of the field of public health
- Recognition of service
- In the alumni magazine
- At events
- By certificate from the board president
- In the bulletin
- On the School’s website
- The satisfaction of providing public service
- The ability to perform as an ambassador for the School
- A free subscription to the Wellness Letter
- A free Wellness Engagement Calendar
This association shall be known as the University of California Public Health Alumni Association.
To build and strengthen personal and professional relationships among public health alumni and students of the University of California, Berkeley.
To promote mutual support and communication leading to the improvement in professional work among public health alumni of the University of California, Berkeley, in concert with the mission of the School of Public Health.
To support fundraising efforts in order to reach the mission and goals of the Public Health Alumni Association.
The by-laws may be amended by a simple majority of the Board of Directors of this association.
Upon the winding up and dissolution of this association, after paying or adequately providing for debts and obligations, the remaining assets shall be distributed to the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
Membership shall consist of all persons who have been granted a degree in public health at the University of California, Berkeley, and past and present members of the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health.
The Board of Directors shall consist of up to nineteen members, who are in good standing in their communities:
- (a.) The five officers of the Association: president, vice president/president-elect, immediate past president, secretary-treasurer, and communication officer.
- (b.) Fourteen members appointed to serve as other directors,
- (c.) One non-elective director appointed by the dean of the School of Public Health.
The dean of the School of Public Health shall serve as an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors of the association and of any executive or similar committee empowered to act for the Board of Directors of the association.
Officers shall be appointed by the Board for a three-year term.
The directors shall be appointed for three-year terms. No director shall serve more than two consecutive terms unless the Nominating Committee is unable to find a replacement and the member is re-nominated. Terms will be staggered so that each year up to four directors are appointed. A slate of new directors will be developed annually by the nominating committee and presented to the Board for approval.
Any Board member may resign at any time by giving notice of resignation to the president.
The Board will establish standards for director participation and criteria for nomination to directorship. A director who does not meet the standards for participation may be removed.
The graduate programs of the School of Public Health student body will appoint two student representatives (one new and one continuing student) to serve with the Board of Directors. The undergraduate public health program of UC Berkeley will appoint one student representative to serve with the Board of Directors.
All officers and directors shall begin their terms of office on July 1, following their appointment. All officers and directors shall abide by the Standards of Board of Directors of the PHAA as approved by the Board of Directors.
The duties of officers shall be such as are implied by their respective titles and such as are specified in these by-laws.
The president shall chair the Board of Directors and shall be an ex-officio member of all committees.
The immediate past president shall provide guidance to the president and executive committee during the first year of transition to the new Board president.
The secretary-treasurer shall oversee budget and expenditures, keep minutes of the Board, and supervise correspondence and meeting notices, in consultation with the staff of the school’s Office of External Relations, and shall report to the Board of Directors.
The communication officer shall act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the SPH External Relations and Communications Department.
Representatives of the university, including the University Treasurer, the University Auditor, and/or campus Internal Audit, shall be authorized to receive from the Board of Directors information, records, or photocopies of transactions relating to the Public Health Alumni Association’s account(s) as the university may request at any time.
The Board of Directors shall fill vacancies in office or directorship and transact business of the association between Board meetings. The board may delegate authority to an executive committee of the president, vice-president, the secretary-treasurer, and one other director appointed by the president.
The following standing committee shall be appointed annually: Nominating. The Nominating Committee shall prepare a slate of nominations for each office and directorship as required under Article II, for approval by the Board.
Committees shall be appointed by the president, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
Membership Meetings: Special meetings of this association may be called by the president provided that notice of the meeting shall be sent out fourteen (14) days before the date set for the meeting.
Board of Directors Meetings:
- The Board of Directors shall establish its schedule of meetings.
- Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the president, or upon written request of three members of the Board.
The annual dues, if any, for membership in this association shall be set by the Board of Directors.
The voting body shall consist of members of the Board of Directors.
All routine business will be conducted by the Board of Directors.
A simple majority shall constitute a quorum for Board of Directors meetings. The president of the Board shall not vote except in case of a tie.
On occasion the Board of Directors may vote via email.
Voting by proxy shall not be allowed.
The fiscal year of this association shall be July 1 to June 30.
Regional groups may be formed, subject to approval of the Board of Directors.
The by-laws may be repealed or amended by simple majority of the Board of Directors provided a copy of the proposed changes has been provided prior to the Board meeting.
Previous Amendments approved by the Board of Directors:
- May 20, 2012
- April 26, 2015
- September 14, 2015