Who We Are

The Cornell Alumni Association of Northern California, also known as Cornell NorCal, is an alumni volunteer run organization whose mission is to engage Cornell alumni and to celebrate the spirit of Cornell University here in Northern California.


Cornell Norcal was founded in 1979 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. We represent approximately 15,000 Cornell alumni, students, and parents across the San Francisco Bay Area. Throughout our 40-year history, we have been fortunate to draw countless alumni volunteers to staff our board of directors and to plan and host our activities.

What We Do

We bring together Cornellians. We host a broad variety of fun events every year, including educational talks, joint mixers, annual events (i.e., Zinck's night, holiday parties), outdoor events, museum tours and volunteer events, to name just a few. We also collaborate with Cornell University Alumni Affairs, who hosts a local listserv, CAANC-Connect, which is read by thousands of local Cornellians everyday. Alumni can post questions regarding job searches, networking, house-hunting and more to CANNC-Connect.


Cornell NorCal instituted two Cornell endowed scholarships—the Ira B. Degenhardt Tradition Fellowship and the Peter E. Lee Tradition Fellowship—both of which are managed by Cornell University. With alumni support, we fundraise and make contributions to these scholarship funds on a regular basis.  These funds allow us to award Tradition Fellowships to two deserving students from the Bay Area for each year of their four-year tenure at Cornell.


We fund and partner with CAAAN, the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.  CAAAN is a group of 9,500 Cornell alumni who serve as enthusiastic ambassadors to prospective students and families during individual meetings with freshman applicants, state college fairs, and local receptions for admitted and entering students. CAAAN members not only share their experiences and information about Cornell, but also help to personalize the admissions process for thousands of candidates each year.


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