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Jesse Ante received both his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1968 and Master’s degree in 1970 from Cal. Jesse retired from PG&E after building and operating the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant. He is currently a Utilities Engineering for the California Public Utilities Commission promoting renewable energy to a third of the state’s energy mix by 2020. He is also a California Alumni Association (CAA) mentor and fundraises for CAA’s Leadership Award and TAAP Scholarship.  Jesse lives in Fremont.


Brad Barber received his Bachelor’s degree in History from Cal in 1968 and his JD from Boalt Hall in 1971. After practicing law in San Francisco, he returned to the University and served as Assistant Chancellor at UCSF, Assistant Vice Chancellor at Cal, and Assistant Vice President at the Office of the President (now Emeritus). Since 2006, he has served as Senior Vice President at Children’s Hospital and Research Center in Oakland. Brad and his wife Cindy, also a Cal grad, live in Orinda.


Dick Beahrs graduated from Berkeley in 1968. He was a history major and served as ASUC President during his last year on campus. He is now retired, but he spent 35 years as a Media Executive at Time Warner, where his positions included the Presidencies of Comedy Central and Court TV. In 2001, Dick and his wife Carolyn funded the creation of the Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program on the Berkeley campus. In the past decade, over 350 environmental leaders from over 75 countries from around the world have received intensive training in sustainable development practices through a 3 1/2 week multidisciplinary program. His wife Carolyn is also a Berkeley graduate (1967), and all four of their children also have Berkeley degrees.


Bruce E. Cain is the Charles Louis Ducommun Professor of Political Science at Stanford University and Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Before coming to Stanford, he was the Heller Professor of Political Science at UC Berkeley where he taught from 1989-2012, and is currently Professor Emeritus. While at Berkeley he also served as Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies (1990-2007) and as Executive Director of the UC Washington Center (2005-12). His areas of expertise include political regulation, applied democratic theory, representation and state politics. Professor Cain has been affiliated with the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement since its inception. He began meeting with members of the Cal Class of 1968 in spring 2007 and was involved in the early discussions to develop the concepts, mission and activities of the Center. He served as the Center’s Co-Director from January 2008 until June 2013. More about Bruce Cain.


Janet Cronk received her BA from Letters and Science in 1969.  She has been a volunteer for many class campaigns, a member of the former College of Letters & Science Executive Board and is currently serving a second term on the UC Berkeley Foundation.  Janet has co-chaired an endowment for the CAL Band, and with her husband, has actively supported CAL Aquatics, Letters and Science, Haas School of Business and Athletics.  She has received the Wheeler Oak and Trustees' Citation for fundraising.  Janet lives in Lafayette with her husband, Rick.


Marianne Gagen holds a B.A. and a Secondary Teaching Credential from Berkeley in History and French and a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. Before being elected to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education from 1990-  2002, she taught history, French and English as a Second Language fulltime and part time for 18 years and was active in several community organizations. She served on the St. Mary's College School of Education's Corporate Advisory Committee for 10 years,  and has served on Contra Costa County's Family and Children's Trust Fund Advisory Committee for child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment for 20 years. She and her husband Bill have three sons and two adorable grandchildren!


Dan Lindheim is an economist, planner, software developer, and attorney. He has worked in public service throughout his career, most recently as City Administrator for the City of Oakland. He also was a World Bank economist as well as senior advisor to various committees of the House of Representatives. Dan also spent over a decade in the private sector as President and CEO of two leading high tech software companies. He has long been active in the local community, previously serving as Chair of the Planning and Oversight Committee for the Berkeley school district, co-chair of two successful school parcel tax campaigns in Berkeley, and board member of the Berkeley Community Fund. Dan holds a law degree from Georgetown, as well as a BA in economics, Masters degrees in city planning and public health, and a PhD in City and Regional Planning, all from UC Berkeley. More about Dan Lindheim.

Steve Lipson is a Cal '68 grad, and he received his Master's in Political Science from University of Chicago in 1971. Steve worked as a scrap metal trader for 40 years, mostly in Evanston, Illinois before retiring and moving back to Berkeley with his wife, Judy. He has three children and volunteers at a number of community organizations.



Selma Meyerowitz received both her Bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature in 1968 and her Master’s Degree in Comparative Literature in 1970 from Cal. She later completed a Ph.D. in Literature and taught at several universities and colleges in the Midwest and California. She has been a Human Resources Consultant in large and small companies across several industries. Currently, she is a Program Analyst with the State of California and lives in Berkeley.


Jay Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UC Berkeley. He then earned his Master’s Degree in Judaic Studies and was ordained at the Hebrew Union College. Since 2002, he has served as founding Executive Director of the Peninsula Clergy Network, a multi-faith professional association of the 440 clergy on the Peninsula. He is also Past President of the San Diego Child Abuse Coordinating Council and currently is an officer on the Board of Directors of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, on the Board of Directors of Thrive: The Alliance for Non Profits of San Mateo County, the Daly City Peninsula Partnership and the San Francisco Foundation Faith Initiative Leadership Team and is Chair of the San Mateo County Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration and Freedom Train. Rabbi Miller and his wife Elise live in San Mateo.


Peter Muñoz received three degrees from Cal: a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in History and a minor in Classics - 1968; a Master’s Degree in Ancient History -1970; and a J.D. from Boalt Hall (now Berkeley Law) - 1975.  His wife, Jane Leroe, who is also a member of the Class of ’68, has a J.D. from Boalt Hall. Their three children each graduated from Cal: Peter Leroe-Muñoz - 2002, Mary Leroe-Muñoz - 2003 and Thomas Leroe-Muñoz - 2003. Peter Muñoz is currently a partner in the San Francisco office of the law firm Reed Smith LLP.  His expertise is in the area of commercial and real estate lending, loan restructuring, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.


Christopher “Kit” Ratcliff grew up and still lives in Berkeley. He received his Bachelor’s of Architecture degree from UC Berkeley in 1968. He has worked with the Ratcliff Architects since 1974 and has been president since the mid-80s. The firm has completed several projects at UCB: renovations of the Life Science Building; the Bancroft Library, and the north and south additions to Boalt Hall.


Bruce B. Roberts received his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1968 from Cal. After two and a half months at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach and six months of active duty  with the U.S.A.F. Reserve, he entered Golden Gate University, from which he received both his Juris Doctor and MBA Degrees in 1974. After 35 years as a solo attorney with offices throughout California, he joined the Law Firm of Hopkins & Carley which has offices in Palo Alto, San Jose and Burbank. Bruce's practice is limited to estate and wealth planning and litigation. Bruce lives in Portola Valley with his wife of over 40 years. Bruce has three grown children and two grandcats.


Co-Chair D.D. van Löben Sels is a long-time Class of ’68 Reunion Campaign volunteer and fund raiser for Cal. She is currently the co-chair of the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement Advisory Board. She served on the UC Berkeley Foundation Board of Trustees and Lawrence Hall of Science Advisory Board for many years. D.D. has received the UC Foundation’s Wheeler Oak Award and Trustees’ Citation for fund raising. She continues to practice art through her business Princess Tiger, Inc. D.D. lives in Oakland with her husband Page.


Co-Chair Robert “Bob” Wong received his five-year Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1968 from Cal and has been a practicing architect in the Bay Area since that time. He served several terms on the UC Berkeley Foundation Board and has co-chaired three Class of ’68 Reunion Campaigns. He is a recipient of the Wheeler Oak Award from the Foundation for his volunteer contributions to Cal. Currently, Bob is co-chair of the Advisory Board for the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement and is serving his third term on the International House Board.  He lives in Piedmont with his wife Sheryl.

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