Dean's Alumni Advisory Board Member

Members of the Dean's Alumni Advisory Board (DAAB) 

Dr. Venetta Campbell, BASW'78, MSW'80 - DAAB Co-Chair

Dr. Venetta Campbell is an interdisciplinary educator, executive and leader.

She holds a PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and double degrees from U.C. Berkeley (BS,MSW). Her academic and professional experiences in social work and psychology provide a rich foundation for management, system analysis, program development, and policy formulation practice.

Dr. Campbell was the former Associate Director, Department of Social Work, University of California San Francisco Medical Center. In that executive capacity, she oversaw administrative, clinical, and...

Mary-Ann Hamamura-Clark, BASW'68 - DAAB Co-Chair

Mary Ann received her BA from UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, Class of 1968. This time in history was pivotal in the formation of her career going forward. It instilled a desire to serve the public and provided inspiration for positive change. Those values which made such an indelible impression in 1968, hold true today. UC Berkeley continues to play a critical role in shaping awareness of social issues and elevating debate on matters of class mobility and human rights.

Mary Ann is committed to raising awareness of the School of Social Welfare as the nation’s premier...

William F. Clark

William is a retired civil servant, labor leader and social activist. He is enthusiastic about improving democratic institutions at the community level to promote social justice and reduce income inequality in underserved communities. He holds a MA in Behavioral Science from CSU, Dominquez Hills and BA in Political Science from CSU, Fullerton.

William is a committed philanthropist, supplying significant help in support of social welfare education, adult learning and encouragement to students who are the first in their family to attend a university. During his working career, William...

Roy Earnest, MSW'82

Roy Earnest has served as a gerontological social worker and program administrator since 1978 in a wide variety of community based non-profit senior services as well as a 15 year tenure from 2002 to 2018 at the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the federal agency that is best known for the AmeriCorps program. This broad range of experience has given him an in-depth perspective on the continuum of services for older adults in the United States.

After retiring from CNCS in 2018, he joined the staff of the Center for Age Friendly Excellence (CAFE) in August 2019...

Dorothy Graham, MSW'74

Dorothy Graham has had a 40+ year career working as an advocate, planner and administrator to improve the health care system so that low income and medically indigent communities could receive the care they so desperately need.

Dorothy graduated Phi Betta Kappa from UC Berkeley in 1972, majoring in Sociology. She was awarded an MSW from the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare in 1974, in the Social Planning and Community Organization track which trained social workers as agents of social change.

While still an undergraduate, Dorothy and several other students founded a...

Cynthia Hecker, MSW'05

Cynthia Hecker became a social worker as her fourth career, after working as an attorney for Great Society community legal services programs in the 1970’s, as a mother in her adoptive family with Peter Hecker and two daughters, and as a nearly full-time school volunteer, with roles ranging from school management support at the small private Windrush School, to classroom support at Berkeley Unified School District’s King Middle and Berkeley High schools.

Her formal education consisted of public school in Collingswood, NJ (a small town near Philadelphia, PA), Wellesley College,...

Peter Hecker, JD'73

Peter Hecker is a retired lawyer, who practiced business litigation with New York City and San Francisco based law firms for 42 years. He is a 1970 graduate of Carleton College, Magna Cum Laude, with Distinction in Comparative Modern Literature, and a 1973 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, Order of the Coif. He and his wife Cynthia live in North Berkeley. They have two adult daughters.

As an adoptive parent since 1983, Peter has a long-standing interest in social welfare issues, particularly as they relate to families and children. Even before then,...

Brandi Howard, MSW'14

Brandi Howard is a macro-level social work practitioner committed to equity and policy and systems change. The Chief of Staff and Interim Vice President of Programs at the San Francisco Foundation, Brandi is a natural systems thinker and equity leader, she provides leadership of their organizational culture and development work to center equity and results at the Foundation. Brandi started her career at the Foundation as the Program Officer for the Koshland Program, a 5-year program that elevates community and civic leadership and supports neighborhood transformation.

Before joining...

Louis Labat, MSW'72

Louis Labat is a graduate of the UCB School of Social Welfare class of 1972. He was part of Mary O'Day's 2nd Gerontology focused program. Louis has worked in various positions as a result of his graduate experience, including setting up the first Gerontology program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas' Schoof of Social Services; Program Developer for the Senior Coordinating Council of Palo Alto; and Program Financial Specialist with the Alameda County Area Agency on Aging. He has been retired since 2003 and lives in Emeryville, Calif.

Louis joined the Alumni Board in order to...