Berkley Knas, Director of Alumni Relations, leads our alumni community of 7,049 Baylor Lawyers. Berkley focuses on developing programs and events to make the alumni experience more rewarding to our community of Baylor Lawyers. Berkley graduated from Baylor Law School in 2010 and has been leading alumni relations since graduation. She attended the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate education and graduated with high honors in Public Relations from the University of Texas' College of Communication.
While a student at the University of Texas, Berkley served two terms as the Student Government Representative for the College of Communication. She served several years on the College of Communication Council, and she was elected to serve as the student member of the University of Texas Faculty Council. When Berkley was not on campus representing the students of the College of Communication, she was at the Capitol interning for the Texas Legislature and advocating for public education. Berkley also spent two years interning for HillCo Partners, a public and governmental affairs consulting firm. Through her college and HillCo experiences, Berkley developed strong political aspirations and was law school bound.
Berkley entered Baylor Law School (actually one month before she graduated from the University of Texas), and continued to represent her fellow students. Berkley was elected as the President of the Student Bar Association, and she became actively involved in the Law School and Waco communities.
Berkley is a member of the current Leadership Waco class through the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. She is an active member of the Junior League of Waco and will serve on the Board of Directors for the Junior League in 2014-2015. She volunteers with Waco Cotton Palace, Baylor Round Table and Baylor's Kappa Alpha Theta Advisory Board. She dedicates much of her time to serving in Waco public schools. Berkley organizes programs for Baylor Law students to volunteer with the students of Bell's Hill Elementary School, Baylor Law School's Waco ISD Adopt-a-School partner. Each week, Berkley eats lunch with and reads to third grade students at Bell's Hill Elementary School. She is also a mentor to three students of University High School through the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce's LEAD program. Berkley is a leader and developer of the iCivics Baylor Model – a model that integrates Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's online civic education curriculum, iCivics.org, into Waco ISD and Midway ISD schools. Berkley is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and has served as an advocate to six CASA kids. Berkley and her husband, Kyle Knas, love Baylor – in fact they were even married on Baylor's campus by Judge Ken Starr. Berkley and Kyle are members of Harris Creek Baptist Church, and they are proud to call Waco home.