Welcome to the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy. The office serves as the official voice of Sacramento State through an integrated, multifaceted communications and marketing program, and fosters governmental relations at the local, state, and federal levels. Our mission is to promote the University and cultivate public support for its teaching, learning, and service.
The Public Affairs unit develops and disseminates stories of academic excellence, student success, innovation, civic engagement, and Sac State's welcoming campus environment, telling the Sac State story through University-wide marketing, the University's website, social media, e-newsletters, and media relations. The Advocacy team engages in efforts to secure resources and support for the University – from California's Capitol to the nation's Capitol. PAA also works in concert with the Office of the President on official presidential communications.
Phil Garcia, Vice President for Public Affairs and Advocacy
Phil Garcia came to Sacramento State in 2004, when he established the Office of Governmental and Civic Affairs, and served as its executive director. With the creation of the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy in 2010, he became its vice president.
Prior to his arrival at Sacramento State, Garcia was communications director for then-Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante and deputy executive director of the State Board of Education. Earlier in his career, he was a journalist, working at the Arizona Daily Star, the San Diego Union and in the Washington, D.C., bureau of United Press International. His last newspaper job was with the Sacramento Bee, where he was a reporter and editor.
Garcia holds a bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Kansas. He is a former Congressional Fellow for the American Political Science Association.
Public Affairs oversees all of Sacramento State's communications and marketing efforts. The unit produces materials for external and internal audiences across multiple platforms – news releases, print publications, e-newsletters, social media, videos, the University's website, and digital signs including the Highway 50 billboard – that promote and enhance Sacramento State's identity.
The Advocacy team manages and fosters relationships with governmental agencies and elected officials while facilitating many of Sacramento State’s community engagement efforts. The unit works to build civic partnerships that further the development of Sacramento State, the regional economy, and workforce.
|Phil Garcia||Vice President for Public Affairs and Advocacy||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Judi Brenner||Executive Assistant||(916) email@example.com|
|Jeannie Wong||Associate Vice President of University Communications||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Sonia Ortiz-Mercado||Director of State and Federal Relations||(916) email@example.com|
|Robert Dugan||Director of Governmental and Civic Affairs||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Steve McKay||Director of Multimedia||(916) email@example.com|
|Gloria Moraga||Executive Producer||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Becky Repka||Director of Marketing||(916) email@example.com|
|Jack Vaughn||Director of Web Communications||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Phillip Altstatt||Graphic Designer||(916) email@example.com|
|Angela Andrews||Office Manager||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|John Blomster||Writer||(916) email@example.com|
|Karen Booth||Assistant Marketing Director/Graphic Designer||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Craig Koscho||Assistant News Director/Senior Writer||(916) email@example.com|
|Sam Macapagal||Graphic Designer||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rob Neep||Visual Communications Coordinator||(916) email@example.com|
|Jessica Vernone||Media Production Specialist||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ahmed Ortiz||Leader Editor/Web Content Manager||(916) email@example.com|
|Dixie Reid||Writer||(916) firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Public Affairs||Main Office||(916) email@example.com|
The Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy shares news and information about the University. You can subscribe to our news releases and to the Sacramento State Leader, our biweekly e-newsletter. And we invite you to be our partners in telling the Sac State story. Public Affairs depends on students, faculty, and staff to alert us about campus events, projects, studies, and accomplishments.