Weili Cheng ’77

Weili Cheng is the executive director of the Yale Alumni Association, a position she assumed in 2016. In this capacity, she oversees the alumni association’s various groups, sets the direction and tone for the YAA’s office and operations, operates as the department’s emissary to the larger university, and serves as the organizational go-to for all things Yale alumni. Cheng has a long history of service to her alma mater. She graduated from Yale with a B.A. in philosophy in 1977. Shortly afterward, she became actively involved as a Yale volunteer, assuming a place on the YAA Board of Governors and rising to board chair in 1992 (serving until 1994). In doing so, she became the youngest and first female graduate of Yale College to hold that position. Previously, Cheng was senior vice president and chief counsel for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, a subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc. Prior to joining Ritz-Carlton, she served as chief counsel for international lodging operations at Marriott.

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