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Leadership at UCLA looks like you.

Successful leaders see—and share—a larger vision. They motivate others to think beyond themselves. You know because you are one.

At UCLA, those who inspire by example come together in a community called the Chancellor’s Society.

A message from the Chancellor’s Society Chair


First, and foremost, thank you for your loyal support and leadership giving to UCLA. Like you, I am a committed donor, and I am also a volunteer. I am honored to assume the role of Chair of the UCLA Chancellor’s Society for the next two years, representing alumni, parents, and friends who generously give annually. You are among a special group of people who engender the spirit of giving back and making an impact at UCLA. After closing such a successful centennial campaign, I am so excited to imagine new ways to continue our momentum and connect as a community.

My relationship with UCLA is foundational to who I am. At a young age, my family and I emigrated from Vietnam to the United States in search of a brighter future for our family. My parents stressed the importance of education. Attending UCLA became a dream goal of mine from an early age, and I am so proud to call myself a Bruin. My brother is an alum, and my life partner is as well, so our family’s passion for the university runs deep and personal.

UCLA afforded me so many opportunities I couldn’t have had anywhere else. My economics education sparked my passion for building a word-class financial services organization and was a catalyst for building my career. I’m proud to be the COO of Northwestern Mutual Los Angeles and leading the company’s corporate philanthropy program.

For me, giving back to UCLA started over 25 years ago. For years, I supported all different areas of campus—UCLA’s scholarship fund, pediatric cancer, and the UCLA Lab School. Then a few years ago, my partner John and I discovered the measurable impact UCLA was making on autism research and treatment. Since this area is a personal passion of ours, we began to get involved. We were able to direct our philanthropic giving to helping launch the PEERS for Careers Program at UCLA, which is designed to help students on the autism spectrum improve their college experience and professional employability. It is so inspiring how UCLA turns the pursuit of knowledge and research into problem-solving solutions with an ability to powerfully impact our world.

As chair, one of my hopes for the Chancellor’s Society is that we continue to embody UCLA’s values of diversity, equity and inclusion—growing academic opportunities for all. UCLA has made great strides in broadening the base of support throughout the centennial campaign and we want to strengthen those efforts. I hope that we can further cultivate and grow a vast community of donors as representative and diverse as UCLA’s student body and alumni network.

I want to end this letter by sharing one of my favorite quotes from Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I hope this sentiment that inspires me will also inspire your dedicated support, helping UCLA pioneer discoveries and train leaders dedicated to serving our local and global communities. I look forward to our collaboration to make the Chancellor’s Society stronger than ever!

Warmest regards,

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Chau Le ’88
Chair, UCLA Chancellor’s Society

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Founded in 1966 through the vision of then-Chancellor Franklin Murphy, UCLA’s annual giving program strives to extend the University’s gratitude to those who invest their time and resources each year in making UCLA one of the world’s premier educational institutions.

Over the past five decades, the Chancellor’s Society has emerged as a dedicated community of annual donors that represents the model of philanthropic leadership at UCLA. Today, an impressive number of loyal and generous Chancellor’s Society members pave the way for the University’s future, and inspire others to take part through service and giving.


Chancellor’s Cabinet



Chancellor’s Council

$5,000 – $9,999


Chancellor’s Associates

$2,500 – $4,999


Chancellor’s Circle

$1,000 – $2,499


Chancellor’s Young Alumni Circle

(0-4 years following undergraduate graduation)



Chancellor’s Young Alumni Circle

(5-9 years following undergraduate graduation)



Chancellor’s Student Circle

(Current undergraduate students only)




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UCLA Chancellor’s Society

As part of the only cross-campus leadership annual giving program at UCLA, Chancellor’s Society donors hold a uniquely comprehensive perspective of the University’s mission and its impact across disciplines. Dedicated Chancellor’s Society communications and exclusive donor-appreciation events—both on campus and in regions throughout the United States—are just some of the ways we acknowledge leadership annual donors and solidify the community’s foundation.

Chancellor’s Society donors of all recognition levels receive our quarterly Chancellor’s Society newsletter, which celebrates those making a difference at UCLA through their philanthropic support and volunteer commitment. This original publication also highlights different campus programs, spotlights seasonal events on campus, and offers first-look information about invitation-only events and opportunities for deeper involvement.

Chancellor’s Society donors also receive unique opportunities to connect more deeply with fellow UCLA alumni, parents, students, and friends, as well as with the University itself. Chancellor’s Society donors of all recognition levels are welcomed to attend a special academic-year-end event hosted by Chancellor Gene Block. Chancellor’s Cabinet donors are extended an additional invitation to an intimate gathering with Chancellor Block at our annual Winter Quarter reception on campus.

The Chancellor’s Society donor recognition program is committed to enhancing donors’ relationships with UCLA. Donors interested in learning more about the Chancellor’s Society are encouraged to contact their respective regional representative, or our Westwood office at (310) 825-2454.

Get involved.

Those who wish to deepen their connection to UCLA at the local level join our Chancellor’s Society regional volunteer committees. Volunteers devote their talent and energy to a wide range of initiatives on behalf of the University, actively promoting service and giving while forming lifelong friendships. Whether a recent graduate or a long-time friend of the University, each committee member shares a common goal: ensuring a bright future for UCLA.

View our current committee lists for each region below and please reach out to your respective development director to learn more and get involved.


Chancellor’s Cabinet Council

Executive Committee

Northern California Committee

Orange County Committee

San Diego Committee

San Fernando Valley, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Central Coast Committee

San Gabriel Valley Committee

South Bay Committee

West Los Angeles, North Santa Monica Bay Committee

Student Giving Committee