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.

A member of the board of directors should fulfill the following criteria:


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
  • Publicity
    • 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