Incorporated in 1988, the Up with People International Alumni Association, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, hosts an annual reunion and other global alumni gatherings through various local and national clubs and associations, as well as broadening what we offer alumni based on the survey data received by the Future Committee, proposed and approved by the board. Our vision is to inspire our global community to be committed difference-makers. All individuals who were accepted into the Up with People program and who completed staging/orientation, who have traveled as a cast member or served as a staff member of Up with People or WorldSmart, who were in any national traveling cast of Sing Out, or who were on the staff of PACE magazine are members of the association.

Current Board of Governors

We have 17 positions on the Board of Governors (BOG) for alumni from around the globe!

Meet your current BOG volunteers here.

Volunteer to support the new initiatives of the board by clicking the “Get Involved” option in the navigation of this page.

Learn more about each role here.

For information on why launching the new structure was delayed, please read our FAQ article.

UWPIAA Fact Sheet

The Board of Governors of the IAA debuted a new tool for alumni to learn more about the IAA; a fact sheet featuring financial and other relevant information from the previous fiscal year, designed to encourage alumni to “act” and get engaged in the association as well. This document will continue to be updated with new financial information.


Inspire our global community to be committed difference-makers.


Provide meaningful programs and interactions to our alumni community, engaging, connecting, and inspiring a lifelong journey of celebration, exploration, and learning.

The purpose of this Association is to foster collaboration, communication, and support among Up with People alumni worldwide to inspire an active community of difference-makers. The Association will focus on events, programs, education,
professional development, and entertainment that benefit the overall alumni community. The Association will support the mission of Up with People. The Association may also support affiliate organizations whose mission is aligned with our alumni community.

A New Board of Governors, a New Structure:

We will focus on these goals over the next three to five years to make sure we can deliver and sustain quality programs with the hope and intent to expand and adapt them in future years to meet the changing needs of our alumni body. Achieving these goals requires a new board structure unlike any we have ever had before and will provide many more opportunities for alumni to get involved.
The new board, which took office in September 2021, will ultimately consist of 11 committees/teams and the chairs are voting board members.  There is a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer on the board, and in some years also a President Elect. For information on why this process was delayed, please read our FAQ article.

New board structure of the UWPIAA showing gears representing interconnected committees

UWPIAA Committees/Teams:

Alumni Community (Era and Regional Reps)
Alumni Engagement
External Relations
Global Impact
Internal Development
Professional Development

How can I get involved?

Each chair is actively building their committee/team. There are small and large tasks available for each committee/team, so alumni volunteers with varying interests and amounts of time are needed. 
If you would like to know more about the new structure, and might wish to help, please visit our Interest Form and let us know!