Office of the Vice President

The Division of University Advancement engages alumni and friends to build their affinity and investment in Sacramento State. As a division, Advancement leads and staffs two of the campus’ most important external stakeholder groups—the University Foundation at Sacramento State and the Alumni Association.

While composed of three integrated and synergistic units—1. University Development; 2. Alumni Relations and Annual Giving; and, 3. Advancement Communications and Stewardship—Advancement also plans and implements Commencement and its related events, and presidential events focusing on donor cultivation and stewardship.

The Division of University Advancement supports the University’s mission to transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service and success. Fostering greater connection between volunteers, alumni and the institution, University Advancement builds a fluid continuum of engagement, support and community outreach to enhance and reinforce activities that support students.

Within University Advancement, University Development plans and implements active and purposeful fundraising efforts that align with university-wide, college and department priorities to support student success.

Also under the division, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving programs build the foundation for a support for the University through volunteer time, financial support and by creating a network of ambassadors for Sacramento State. Integral to these efforts, the Alumni Association works collaboratively with this unit on multi-year plans focusing on direct engagement of alumni through robust chapter programming, events and activities.

Finally, Advancement Communications and Stewardship promotes the cultivation of deeper, more targeted and more engaged tiers of prospective donors and/or Alumni Association members, with the goal of engagement and private support for student-centered activities and programs. As part of its communications function, the unit enhances Advancement-focused communications that reinforce alumni and donor awareness and engagement through events, printed publications, and digital/electronic channels, including social media.

Lisa Cardoza, Ph.D.

Lisa Cardoza, Ph.D.
Interim Vice President
University Advancement

Lisa Cardoza, Interim Vice President, University Advancement

Lisa has served concurrently as Associate Vice President for Governmental Relations at the newly established University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, as well as Chief of Staff and Governmental Relations Officer at The University of Texas-Pan American. Lisa had worked at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) since 2004.

After graduating from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Social Sciences of Education, Lisa joined UTPA as Associate Director of a newly established Valley Outreach Center, implementing the Mother Daughter Program, Go Centers, and Pre-College Academic Programs, all in support of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Closing the Gaps campaign with efforts to increase the college-going rate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

In 2007, Lisa served as the Assistant to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services, and returned to lead the Outreach Department as Director of College Access and Support Programs/Senior TRIO Director in 2009.

In that position, she oversaw three federal TRIO programs (Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math & Science); two federal migrant programs (High School Equivalency Program, College Assistance Migrant Program); an institutional migrant program (Migrant Student Success Office); a state engineering pre-college program (Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program); and a college access outreach center (Valley Outreach Center).

In 2010, Lisa joined the UTPA Office of the President as the Chief of Staff. That same year, she was named to the Texas Women in Higher Education Board of Directors. In 2013, she was named as a director of the statewide leadership organization known as the Texas Lyceum, and was subsequently elected to serve on the Annual Nominating Committee.