The Ag Leadership Alumni Council represents and serves all of the graduates of the California Agricultural Leadership Program (CALP) – more than 1,300 individuals. The council offers educational programs, fun social gatherings and volunteer leadership opportunities for alumni. The council also plays an integral role in supporting and advocating for CALP.
For the first few decades, the alumni group was a separate nonprofit organization named Ag Leadership Alumni – commonly referred to as ALA. It was changed to Fellows Council in the mid-2000s when the alumni became a part of the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. The alumni group was renamed California Ag Leadership Alumni Council in 2010.
The Alumni Council is comprised of four executive committee members, plus regional directors and at-large directors.
The Alumni Council is divided into 11 statewide regions, with two directors (authorized) to represent each region.
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Events and Educational Programs
The Alumni Council organizes and hosts a variety of social and fundraising events and educational programs in different regions of the state during the year. Alumni volunteerism and leadership is essential to the success of these activities.
Agricultural and Government Leaders Reception
A social and networking event that brings together California government leaders, agricultural industry leaders, Ag Leadership alumni and current program fellows. It is a great opportunity to connect with influential decision-makers to further the goal of a strong and viable future for California agriculture. Hosted by Region 3.
Colusa Farm Show Breakfast
Held during the Colusa Farm Show, this popular fundraising event supports the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation and the CSU-Chico College of Agriculture, for scholarships and other academic needs.
Ag Leadership Alumni World Ag Expo Breakfast
This annual fundraising event, held during the World Ag Expo in Tulare, typically draws several hundred attendees. To date, more than $1.0 million has been raised to benefit the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation. Hosted by Region 6.
During the application timeframe (January through mid-May), alumni host gatherings throughout the state to bring together alumni and potential candidates for the Ag Leadership Program.
Two popular annual golf tournaments have been excellent fundraisers for the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation.The Dean Brown Golf Tournament in Santa Maria (hosted by Region 7) and the Region 9 Golf Tournament in Camarillo are successful fundraisers each year.
Lifelong Leadership Learning seminars
These educational seminars provide alumni with unique opportunities to continue Ag Leadership-type learning experiences after graduating from the program. Alumni also present at seminars for current fellows on a schedule during the academic year. These presentations are topic-specific and are coordinated by the Education Team and our four core faculty members from each partner university.
Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program
The annual Washington, D.C. Educational Fellowship Program, also known as D.C. Exchange, educates and informs regulatory and policy decision makers about important issues affecting California agriculture during a week on the ground in California, and fosters open communication and dialogue between the industry and federal entities. The D.C. Exchange rotates locations each year and is hosted by designated regional alumni. The program has educated more than 450 individuals since it began in 1982. Every March, a delegation of Ag Leadership alumni travels to Washington, D.C. to interview candidates for this program, which takes place in California during the month of August.