The Rhetoric Department Welcomes Bettina Duval as the Spring 2019 Commencement Keynote Speaker

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May 15, 2019

Bettina Duval is the CEO of BRDBND, a manufacturer and distributer of specialized telecommunications hardware. BRDBND supplies primarily to cable tv providers.

Currently Bettina is president of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Board of Governors. She serves as a trustee on the University of California, Berkeley, Foundation Board and is a Builder of Berkeley. She is also the assistant chairperson of UC Berkeley Goldman School of Public Policy Board. Previously she was a member of the UC Berkeley Parent Board, and worked with the Cal Athletic Department to establish a Cal rowing fundraising program.

In 2002, Bettina Duval founded CALIFORNIALIST, a political action committee to elect women in California. Six of CALIFORNIALIST’s candidates, whose careers were nurtured early on by the CALIFORNIALIST, are now serving in Congress and one in the U.S. Senate. CaliforniaList has been renamed the California Women’s List.

Bettina serves on the Berkeley Hall School Board of Trustees and is a member of the Everychild Foundation. She is a past president of the Junior League of Los Angeles and a founding board member of ACCION, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing college counseling to Latino high school students. She was also appointed to the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Commission from 2015 – 2107.

Recently recognized by the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, Bettina is the recipient of the OWL Award for her outstanding women’s leadership.

Bettina received her B.A. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. As Campus Coordinator of the Associated Students of UC Berkeley Student Body, she partnered with the League of Women Voters to put an end to ballot tampering and other campaign violations, creating a fair and just electoral process.

Bettina resides in Santa Monica with her husband Glenn and their four children.