about CAA COMMMITTEES
Committees provide the infrastructure to support CAA alumni leaders and clubs with the resources needed to engage with Columbians around the world.
become A CLUB LEADER
The lifeblood of the CAA is found among the volunteers working to make club, regional, and University alumni events a success. We rely on all alumni to give back in ways, big and small, that reflect the value of a Columbia education and our vibrant community of Columbians around the world.
Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend Planning Committee
Tasked with planning the annual Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend (previously known as the CAA Assembly), the Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend Planning Committee is comprised of appointed alumni members. Committee members represent a broad cross-section of schools, and international and domestic alumni constituencies.
Chair: Fraya Karsh ’72DM, ’78DM
Vice Chair: Michael Cornfeld ’73GSAS, ’08BU
Associations and Clubs Committee
The Associations and Clubs Committee fosters relationships among the CAA and affiliated associations and regional clubs of the University. With the goal of sharing best practices among the affiliated associations and clubs, the Committee supports leadership training for club leaders and provides operational support models and best practices for the benefit of all Columbia alumni groups.
Alumni Chair: Anthony Agoni ’84SEAS, ’89BUS
CAA Board representative: Pauline Lem ’96BC
Communications and Information Committee
Establishing and improving communications among alumni is one of the most important functions of the CAA. The Communications and Information Committee works toward strategic use of communications channels; that includes the assessment of design and tool options for the CAA Web site.
Alumni Chair: Rachel Hitchcock '06SCE
Alumni Chair: Eric Rhee '04SEAS, '06SEAS
Events and Programs Committee
The Events and Programs Committee is responsible for facilitating alumni involvement in University and CAA events, as well as planning some CAA events. Some ongoing events include the Writers’ Forum, a film series, and new walking tours.
Alumni Chair: Fred Strype '02SOA
Vice Chair: Hartley Platt du Pont ’76SOA, P: ’07CC, ’10C
Honors and Prizes Committee
The Honors and Prizes Committee is comprised of former Alumni Medal recipients, making them especially qualified for nominating and selecting the newest alumni medalists each year. The Committee is also charged with the submission of additional alumni nominations to add to the pool of names for the University Medal for Excellence and honorary doctorates.
Chair: Clyde E. “Skip” Rankin III ’74SIPA, ’75LAW
Vice Chair: Jacqueline A. Bello, MD ’80P&S
Recent Alumni/Student Relations Committee
The primary focus of this joint committee is to evaluate and advise the CAA on programming targeting the newest graduates to join Columbia’s alumni community. The annual Toy Drive, Rooftop Happy Hours, and other networking parties are some of the ongoing events in place to reach recent alumni. Additionally, this committee oversees the CAA Student Group Co-Sponsorship Fund.
Chair: Arash Yomtobian '06GS
Co-Chair: Allison Bajger '07CC, PhD candidate at GSAS