Columbia Alumni Association (CAA)

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CAA Mission Statement

The Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) is a global network that unites you with a diverse community of over 348,000 leaders and creators, bound together by our shared University connection and our collective passion, intellect, and drive. United, we are creating meaningful change for our University and around the world. The CAA offers a professional network, a social circle, a sustaining link to Columbia’s schools and faculty, a repository of resources, a source of intellectual inspiration, and a lifelong connection to an unparalleled academic institution. Through over 100 regional clubs and shared interest groups and diverse digital programs, you have the opportunity to engage with the people, places, and issues that challenge you and move you to action. 


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CAA Board

The CAA Board is the governing body of the University-wide Columbia Alumni Association (CAA); all alumni are officially members of the CAA. The CAA Board seeks to keep alumni connected to and with the University at large and also the constituent Schools. A number of trustees serve on the board, with the current chair being Rita Pietropinto Kitt ’93CC, ’96SOA. At the present time, there is representation from each of the Schools serving on the Board. There are term limits and a rotation process to guarantee a good cross-section of alumni leaders at all times.  Meet the CAA Board.


CAA Chair

CAA Chair

Rita Pietropinto Kitt ’93CC, ’96SOA is a vice president on the Columbia College Alumni Association, a Board member for Columbia College Women, and has served as a class agent for the past 20 years. Her CAA leadership includes serving as a vice chair on the Board of the Columbia Alumni Association (CAA) and past Chair of the CAA Arts Access Committee. Rita was recognized for her contributions to Columbia with a 2016 Alumni Medal. She is the chair of the Drama Department at Marymount School of New York and an adjunct professor in the Barnard Theater Department, where she teaches undergraduate acting classes. As an actress, Rita has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, regionally, and in television and film.

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CAA Committees

Committees provide the infrastructure to support CAA alumni leaders and clubs with the resources needed to engage with Columbians around the world. There are CAA committees that address Assembly Planning, Associations and Clubs, Communications and Information, Programs, Honors and Prizes, and Recent Alumni and Student Relations. Learn more.

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Future Growth

The CAA Strategic Plan reflects an ambitious effort to map out concrete steps toward better serving all alumni of Columbia University over the next five years (Fiscal Years 2014-2018). The Plan translates into action steps and leverages the vision set out in the June 2012 report by the CAA 2017 Presidential Task Force and integrates the considerations and priorities of the strategic plans developed by partner units, specifically: CCAA, Communications and Marketing, Operations and New Heights. It is a plan that takes careful account of the University’s structure and relationships with its Schools. Within a University comprised of many Schools and units, striking the right balance between the whole and its parts is crucial. We look to foster a vibrant central University alumni effort, that brings together alumni across the Schools to collaborate, network, and share ideas and goals; and at the same time we look to cultivate and enhance School-based alumni efforts that celebrate and promote what makes each of Columbia’s Schools so distinctive.