Board of Visitors

Berkeley at night

UC Berkeley's Board of Visitors provides advice and support to the chancellor, executive vice chancellor and provost, and campus leadership. While the UC Regents have overall fiduciary responsibility for the system’s ten campuses, much responsibility is devolved to the campus level. At Berkeley, the chancellor’s leadership is strengthened by having an impartial, external group of advisors known as the Board of Visitors. The types of activities the board engages in are: considering the opportunities and risks facing the university, advising the campus on long-term strategy, helping to shape and advance key initiatives, reviewing and consulting on Berkeley’s annual operating and capital budgets and plans, and reviewing significant capital projects. Board members also advocate for the university with donors, the public, and policymakers.  

The Board of Visitors is composed of 18 to 24 outstanding members of the UC Berkeley community. In addition, the chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation (UCBF) serves as a voting ex-officio member of the Board of Visitors throughout his or her tenure as UCBF chair.

The board currently meets three times per year. It is supported by the chancellor’s chief of staff Khira Griscavage and project director Erin McDevitt. For more information, contact boardofvisitors@berkeley.edu.

Board Membership

Barbara Bass Bakar

San Francisco, CA

CEO, Barbara and Gerson Bakar Foundation; Founder and President, Achieve

Sharon Bonner-Brown

Danville, CA

Susan C. Chamberlin (M.B.A. ‘87)

Richmond, CA

Co-founder and Director, Chamberlin Family Foundation

Peter A. Chernin (B.A. ‘73), Co-Chair 

Playa Vista, CA

CEO, The Chernin Group 

Barbara J. Desoer (M.B.A. ’77)

New York, NY

CEO, Citibank, N.A.

 

Coleman Fung (B.S. ’87)

Spicewood, TX

Co-founder, Blue Goji

 

Robert D. “Bob” Haas (B.A. ’64)

San Francisco, CA

Chairman Emeritus, Levi Strauss & Co.

Paul E. Jacobs (B.S. ’84, M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’89), Co-Chair

San Diego, CA

Inventor/Investor

Freada Kapor Klein

Oakland, CA

Founding Partner, Kapor Capital

Katherine S. Lau (B.A. ’88)

Hillsborough, CA

Matt Levin

Boston, MA

Janet McKinley

San Francisco, CA

Founder and Principal Investor, Advance Global Capital Ltd.

Ricardo Mora (B.A. ’88)

New York, NY

Partner, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Vanessa Morrison (B.A. ’90)

Los Angeles, CA

President, Fox Family

Barbro S. Osher

San Francisco, CA

Honorary Consul General of Sweden

 

Jackie B. Safier  

San Mateo, CA

President, Prometheus Real Estate Group, Inc.

Arun Sarin (M.S., M.B.A. ’78)

Piedmont, CA

Former CEO, Vodafone 

 

Eric Schmidt (M.S. ’79, Ph.D. ’82)

Mountain View, CA

Technical Advisor, Alphabet Inc.

Nathaniel “Nat” Simons (B.A. ’89, M.A. ’95)

San Francisco, CA

Co-founder, Prelude Ventures

 

Larry W. Sonsini (B.A. '63, J.D. '66)

Palo Alto, CA

Senior and Founding Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC

Nadine Tang (M.S. W. ’75)

Berkeley, CA

Cher Wang (B.A. ’82)

Taipei, Taiwan

Chairman and CEO, HTC Corporation