Cal Alumni Club of Washington, D.C.


Betsy Keenan


Robin Gordon

Jemelyn is the current VP of Activities, responsible for assisting committee, board, and general members with their events and ideas, managing the activities calendar, updating social media accounts, and providing reports to Cal Alum DC Club leadership and to CAA.

Steve graduated in 2009 and is a die-hard Cal fan. His career currently is made up of his stint at the U.S. Dept. of Defense. You can find him at many an alumni event, from the Annual Picnic to the Big Game--leading the Cal Drinking Song, or just keeping up our university's lively spirit.

Bob is one of the longest serving directors in club history. Bob spends his retirement traveling to sunny places, in search of California golden sunshine.

VP - Activities

Jemelyn Tayco

A retired attorney for the District of Columbia, Mike brings a lot of experience to the club as former president. A wine aficionado, Mike has organized many a winery tour replete with tastings.

Rob is a Cal graduate of 1975 and has been involved with the Cal alumni in DC since he arrived here in 1978, where he had a 34 year career with the U.S. Treasury Department.  Now he enjoys free time in DC and working with the club to expand our membership.  

Bruce is no stranger to board development and organiza-tion. His experience hails from his former presidency at the American Healthcare Association. Fun fact: Bruce used to work with governor Jerry Brown and his college classmate at Berkeley was the late Bob Matsui, former U.S. congressman, and husband to current U.S. Congress-woman Doris Matsui.

Dasarte Yarnway is the Managing Director of Berknell Financial Group, a full-service registered investment advisory firm that specializes in retirement planning, investment management and insurance coverage. Dasarte leverages his professional and professional experience to provide Club members with professional development opportunities.

VP - Professional Development

Dasarte Yarnway

Director - Culture Club

Carolyn Kulisheck

Eric has been involved with the Club since arriving in DC in 2012 for a consulting position. He previously served as the Vice-President of Activities and has played on the alumni intramural athletics teams. He is an avid follower of sports and has visited many sporting venues, including all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums.


Joey Baietti

Betsy was former president of the club for several years; she follows the footsteps of her mother, who was the first female president of the club. Betsy brings her experience from the U.S. Departments of Justice & Education, which comprise the majority of her career in public service.


Bob Miailovich

VP - Student Relations

Jon Nagata

Director - Young Alumni

Allard Chu


George Arnstein

Sylvia Cabus '91 is director at large for family-friendly activities.  She lives in Washington DC with her husband and son and works as a senior advisor on international development issues.


Kathy Molina

Jon joined the Club leadership team in 2015. As VP of Student Relations, Jon oversees club outreach and relations with current students interning in DC, and prospective and future Berkeley students. Jon also coordinates club projects and events.


Mike Milwee


Dave Timmons

Executive Vice President

Eric Tang

Director - Development

Bruce Yarwood

George earned a special award for his service to the club--he is the president credited with starting the modern form of it. Though he's retired and helps welcome Cal in the Capital students at his home at the Watergate, he still remains active and has helped host the Annual Reception at the prestigious Cosmos Club.

Director - Membership

Robert Tobiassen

Joey joined the board in 2015. Along with his position as Secretary, Joey runs the Happy Hour group, connecting younger Cal alumni around the District. Joey is excited help with additional club events and activities bringing together the best group of alumni on the east coast!

VP - Athletics

Travis Ochola

Dave first joined the club's leadership team in 2007 as a happy hour coordinator. Since then, he's had several key positions, the most recent of which was president, where he played a significant role in expanding the club's scope and size. Under his watch, Dave organized over 100 events.

Immediate Past President

Steve Huber

Robin got involved through the supper club several years ago and has recently stepped in to take over from the former Treasurer who moved mid term. Robin is a CPA who has her own accounting firm and does business and individual tax returns, tax planning and monitoring of financial matters.

Director - Activities

Kathie Westpheling

Travis brings Cal athletics to the east coast by coordinating the Club's athletic teams.

Director - Family Friendly

Sylvia Cabus

Bruce is no stranger to board development and organiza-tion. His experience hails from his former presidency at the American Healthcare Association. Fun fact: Bruce used to work with governor Jerry Brown and his college classmate at Berkeley was the late Bob Matsui, former U.S. Congressman, and husband to current U.S. Congress-woman Doris Matsui.

Carolyn is a longtime resident of the District of Columbia. Though she is retired, Carolyn wastes no time in keeping very active. In her post-career life, Carolyn has founded a school in Africa for students in need and is currently working on a book of her worldly exploits and life as a teacher.

Allard joined the club as a D.C. brunch fan and immersed himself in this popular (and lively!) segment of the club. It was clear from then that he was destined to lead the club in this current role. Allard oversees major club events and coordinates many of the club's ongoing activities. As if that wasn't enough, during the day, Allard is an attorney!

Kathy is no stranger to the club and has served as Membership Director and EVP in the past. She draws her experience from her long teaching career. She enjoys dining and it's no surprise that she has led our Supper Club to many a great spot in D.C. Foodies should definitely seek her out!

1930s – The club begins and begins establishing itself as one of the oldest and influential chapters across the country.
1960s – One of the earliest iterations of the Annual Reception takes place at the Capital Hilton with Earl Warren, Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara among attendees.
1983 – The club honors Norman Minetta for his work in supporting its efforts.
2011 "Sproul in Washington" event draws an hundred alumni to Capitol Hill, featuring then U.C. Berkeley Chancellor Birkenau.
2014 –After one of the most active years in club history with 105+ events, the club relaunches its modernized website and co-hosts U.C. President Janet Napolitano. The club simultaneously wins the prestigious $2,000 scholarship award from the Capital Alumni Network (CAN) for its work across all areas, including community service and alumni dev't. 


The club's all-volunteer 2017 Board of Directors is proud to include a dynamic set of stellar Bears who collectively bring an extensive, diverse, and impressive background and experience to help take the club to heights unseen.

The DC Cal Alumni Club is proud to cater to the dynamic interests of every alumnus.


We have several active groups within the club that serve everyone, including:


  • Annual Signature Events, including Major Donor Reception, Summer Picnic, Berkeley in Washington, and Big Game Watch Party

  • Athletics

  • Brewery & Winery Tours

  • Brunch Bunch

  • Community Service

  • Culture Club, featuring museum tours & theatre shows

  • Game Viewings, including basketball, football, and rugby

  • Happy Hours, with fellow alumni and other university alumni clubs

  • LGBT Pride
  • Politicos

  • Professional Development & Networking

  • Supper Club

  • Student Outreach

Check out our Groups Page to learn more about Club activities


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Our history

What we do

A mirror image of our illustrious alma mater, the club is comprised of alumni of all backgrounds and walks of life, and is as diverse as the world itself. 

From Capitol Hill to Federal Triangle, and the National Institutes of Health in MD to the Smithsonian Institutes on the National Mall, our club is proud to represent several hundred prominent alumni who are well-accomplished in the D.C. world of politics and beyond.

As one of the oldest chapters within the greater California Alumni Association, our club is also among the largest outside of California. It is estimated that over 10,000 alumni reside in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, thanks in large part to the university's historic ties to the nation's capital, including Cal in the Capital and the Manhattan Project.

Who We Are