Saundra Brown Armstrong training to become Oakland's first African American policewoman. She went on to become a Senior Judge in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and still presides over cases in the Oakland Federal Courthouse. (1970) Original 16mm, shot by Ch.4 KRON-TV can be viewed here (link: Original KRON-TV reporter Valerie Dickerson interviewed Judge Armstrong about her pioneering career in 2016, reuniting them on-camera after 46 years (link Courtesy: Bay Area TV Archive (link: )

Conference and Steering Committee

Chairs: Tara Kelley and Lindy Leong

The Conference Committee is responsible for developing the content of each year’s conference as well as for the planning of the annual event. In coordination with the steering committee, fellow committees, and the AMIA Office, this includes  scheduling conference sessions, conference events, workshops, and vendor relations.

In 2017, the Committee added the Program Group to the committee structure.  While the committee chair(s) oversees the committee and the many different parts of the conference, the Program Chair(s) work with the Peer Reviewers and the Program Coordinators in reviewing, finalizing, and scheduling the conference proposals.

The Conference Committee is responsible for oversight of curated programming and program development of non-curated programming, including peer review.  It oversees conference programs such as Archival Screening Night and Room Share, works with a Local Committee where possible, liaisons with other committees and groups on conference activities and/or events, provides resources for speakers and chairs, promotes the conference.  Through its work with attendees and speakers it makes recommendations on policies, programs, and structure to the board and steering group.

The Conference Steering Committee is made up of members of the board, the committee and the office and provides a mechanism for long-term planning for the conference through discussion and recommendations to the board. The steering group is also responsible for finalizing conference streams  and plenary sessions.

The office supports the work of the board and conference committees and provide the logistics and infrastructure for the conference.  The office is responsible for all conference logistics, oversight of budget goals, vendor and venue relationships, as well as supporting the work of the conference chair(s), program chair(s), and special event(s) as needed.

About the Conference