Featured Alumni Friday


Featured Alumni Fridays is a great new series on Facebook that gives HPPA the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of our many alumni while facilitating networking among the social media community!

If you would like to participate, please send an e-mail to info@hornetsppa.org that includes a picture of yourself and a short bio with information like your hometown, degrees, grade year, and current employment. Please also let us know what you love about Sacramento State! 

Current Feature:  Gregg Fishman '84 and Joaquin Castaneda '09

 Gregg Fishman          Joaquin Castaneda

Gregg Fishman received his Bachelors degree in Journalism Science from Sacramento State in 1984. Gregg began his career as one of the most recognizable voices on KFBK Radio in Sacramento and later at KGO in San Francisco. As a reporter, Gregg covered local, state and federal public policy issues. Since then Gregg has worked in the communications departments of SMUD and the California Independent System Operator. In 2014 Gregg was elected to the SMUD board of directors were he represents Ward 3, covering East Sacramento, much of the Arden-Arcade area, and the Campus Commons, College Glen and Rosemont neighborhoods as well as parts of the Florin and Vineyard Park areas. Gregg currently works as the Communications Coordinator for the California State Association of Counties.

When asked about what he loved about attending Sac State, Gregg shared, "The proximity to the Capitol gave me the opportunity for internships and other experiences that still resonate in my career." Gregg grew up in rural Sonoma County, helping on his family’s chicken ranch and later in the small business they founded in Petaluma. He moved to Sacramento in 1979 to attend Sacramento State, He and his wife live in Arden Park with their two teenage daughters.

Joaquin Castaneda currently works as Senior Manager in Local Government Affairs for global biotech leader Genentech, covering facilities in CA, OR and KY. He was previously the District Director for CA State Senator Ricardo Lara, managing all local government affairs and served as his primary spokesperson in the district. Prior to that position, he worked for a State Senator and a member of the State Assembly and worked managing several state political campaigns. Graduated from Sac State in 2009 with B.A. in Government and Minor in Chicano-Latino Studies, Joaquín owes his opportunities as a club leader in M.E.Ch.A, Director of Office of Gov't Affairs, ASI and Sacramento Semester Program Class of 08' for gaining extensive real life experiences which set a foundation for a successful career in government both in the public and private sector. Joaquín is now based in Carlsbad, CA.

When asked about what he loved about attending Sac State, Joaquin shared, "I appreciated the access to professors who heavily invested time and sincere effort to provide a quality education with real life applications. Additionally, the Sacramento Semester Program provided me internship roles at the State Capitol that jumped started my career in campaigns and Government Affairs both in the public and ultimately private sector. Sac State was my training ground which established a sound foundation and professional network." Joaquin's hometown is La Puente, California.

If you would like to be our next Featured Alumni, please comment below or e-mail us at info@hornetsppa.org 

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