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

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

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.

Director - Young Alumni

Valeria Sandoval

VP - Athletics

Allie Arcese 

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.

After years of enjoying the club as a member, Nicole joined the board in 2018. During the day, she works for the University of California’s Office of Federal Governmental Relations (her love of blue and gold runs deep!). In her free time, you can find her at the theatre, traveling or trying out new restaurants.

Vicky joins the club having extensive experience as head of the New York Cal Alumni Club. She is delighted to take the club to new heights.

What we do


Bob Miailovich

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


Valeria is a Legislative Aide for Congressman Lou Correa. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, she worked in immigration advocacy, primarily assisting folks with DACA applications and immigration related issues. She received her Bachelors from the UC Berkeley in political economy and minored in public policy. She was born and raised in Orange County, California with roots from Zacatecas, Mexico. 


Vicky Brademan


Eric Tang

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.

Allie coordinates the Club's numerous athletic teams, including softball, flag football, and soccer.

VP - Activities

Steven Zhu

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.

Executive Vice President


Director - Family Friendly

Sylvia Cabus


Betsy Keenan


Rob Tobiassen


Dave Timmons

Director - Activities

Kathie Westpheling


The club's all-volunteer 2020 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.

Annie joined the club board in 2019 and coordinates professional development events for Cal alumni in the DC area. During the day, she works as a health policy analyst but after work, you will find her in a yoga studio, being a foodie around the city, or catching up on a book from the Cal book club.

VP - Professional Development

Annie Yu


George Arnstein


Kathy Molina

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.



Steven participated in the UCDC program and graduated from Cal in 2018. He played piccolo in the Cal Band, frequently volunteered to organize events for the Berkeley International Office, and was a mentor to the first ever Golden Bear Orientation in 2017. He is currently a graduate student at GW.

Kathie has a graduate degree in public health nutrition from UC Berkeley. In addition to her position as Adjunct Faculty at George Mason University, she is a consultant to the Institute for E-Health Policy where she manages internships and other opportunities for students seeking to learn about the intersection of health policy and health IT. She is currently a mentor for Cal in the Capitol Interns.

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.


Director - Gov't Relations

Nicole Carlotto


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.

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.


Mike Milwee

Rob comes to this role having previously served as the club's membership director. Rob draws on his extensive experience as an attorney for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Fire Arms.

Cal Alumni Club of Washington, D.C.


VP - Student Relations

Jon Nagata

Director - Development

Bruce Yarwood

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.