Reunion Alumni Spotlight

D.D. Dwyer van Loben Sels

B.A. Art Practice, Pi Beta Phi


What have you been up to since graduating from UC Berkeley?
I’ve stayed involved at Cal through the Class of ’68, helping with the founding of our class legacy project, the Center on Civility & Democratic Engagement at the Goldman School of Public Policy. I am co-chair for the Center’s advisory board, organize Class of ’68 quarterly gatherings, and serve as co-chair for our Class of 1968 reunions. I’ve also been on the UC Foundation Board of Trustees for 10 years. I am always involved in other community organizations in various leadership positions, and my paid work experience ranges from executive director of Oakland Festival of the Arts to COO of an insurance company. I continue to produce art, primarily through my company, Princess Tiger, Inc.

How did your experience at Cal or your sorority have an impact on you?
The friendships developed during my time in the Pi Phi house resulted in very close ties with wonderful friends who have profoundly enriched my life for more than 50 years. My involvement in several campus groups, being elected Senior Class VP, and volunteering in the Berkeley Public Schools all laid the foundation for a lifetime of community work. Most importantly, I met my husband of 50 years.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time in your sorority?
The father-daughter dinner: being with my “sisters” and their dads for a special time together, then going out after dinner for a wild night that included dancing at the Monkey Inn with our fathers!

Do you have any advice for current collegiate members of sororities at Cal?
In addition to embracing all the activities that your sorority has to offer, find time to be involved on campus to make your Cal experience complete.