Community Affairs Committee (CAC)



  • Jessie Mallory


  • Education: Rachel Houghton
  • Communication: Ramesh Aiyyanger
  • Outreach: Lloyd Thompson-Taylor and Tavia Record
  • Advisory Members: Jackie Damrau and Ben Woelk



  • Provide a principal communications channel between community leaders and the Board of Directors/staff.
  • Reach out to communities to help them resolve problems.
  • Initiate actions, in collaboration with the STC Board and staff, designed to strengthen STC communities.
  • Oversee efforts to orient new leaders; provide guidance materials; capture and sharessons learned; mentor STC Leaders (and future leaders) of SIGs, chapters, Society committees, etc.
  • Lead two events at the annual STC Summit:
    • Organize Leadership Program


The CAC this year is energized around a series of defined initiatives. These initiatives were proposed by the CAC, based on issues brought to our attention by community leaders, and have been approved by the board.

Initiatives include:

  • Communities outreach: support and quickly respond to our communities:
    • Professional communities: Improve available leadership resources and services, be proactive in helping communities solve problems before they become crises
    • Student communities: Engage students more actively in the Society, increase retention of student members upon graduation, encourage more mentoring activities
  • Community leadership:
    • Leaders’ Resources
    • Leadership Handbook
    • Leaders’ Webinar series
    • Leadership Program
  • CAC Communications: Improve awareness of CAC activities, make availability of resources more widely known.


  • STC Leaders are well-informed, trained,  and prepared to lead their communities
  • Effective communication channels are used for facilitating two-way communication between BOD and community leaders
  • Observable efforts by BOD and other Leaders to communicate and support joint tactical and strategic STC goals
  • Development of sustainable trust relationships between BOD and leaders
  • Perceivable improvement in communication, trust, and informed decision-making between the BOD, staff, and STC community and committee leaders