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About the Division of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Welcome to the Division of Public Affairs and Advocacy. The mission of the office is to promote Sacramento State and cultivate public support for it and its students. The office serves as the official voice of the University in engaging with community and government agencies at the local, state, and federal level. The Advocacy team actively shares examples of academic excellence and student success, as well as university priorities in effort to secure resources and support.

The Division of Public Affairs and Advocacy also plays a key part in fostering Sacramento State’s institutional role as a leading convener of educators, policy makers, and civic and thought leaders who address current issues that impact our society, economy, and democracy. The Office is responsible for the oversight of Sacramento State Downtown, a hub for innovation, teaching, learning, and research, and the nationally recognized Center for California Studies, which operates the renowned Capital Fellows Programs, and bridges academia and government in the service of strengthening California’s democracy. Additionally, the Office facilitates the Anchor University initiative to deepen the university’s roots in the community and focus on developing long-term relationships and partnerships that mutually benefit the campus and the community.

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Nathan Dietrich

Nathan Dietrich

Associate Vice President

Nathan Dietrich serves as Associate Vice President, Public Affairs & Advocacy at California State University, Sacramento. In that position, he seeks out opportunities for Sacramento State students and faculty to be engaged with state and federal agencies and identify possible funding sources. He also is responsible for the University’s budget and legislative advocacy efforts in Sacramento and Washington, DC. Prior to his time at Sacramento State, Mr. Dietrich served as Congresswoman Doris Matsui’s district director for over eight years. Mr. Dietrich is a graduate of UC Davis and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.

Rita Gallardo Good

Rita Gallardo Good

Director of Civic Affairs

Rita Gallardo Good has served as the Director of Civic Affairs at California State University, Sacramento since March 2020. In that position, she is responsible for developing and maintaining advocacy efforts at the local and regional level in support of Sacramento State and its students, faculty, and staff. She also develops, fosters, and maintains campus partnerships with local and regional government, private sector, local industry, and non-government organizations. Ms. Good supports the day-to-day operations at Sacramento State Downtown, with a focus on event planning, communication, and marketing. Prior to her time at Sacramento State, she served as the Assistant Director of Employer Services with the California Teacher’s Retirement System. Ms. Good is a graduate of the University of La Verne, and earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

Teresa Lerma-Garcia

Teresa Lerma-Garcia

Downtown Administrative Support Coordinator

Teresa Lerma-Garcia has over 13 years of experience at Sacramento State. Before joining Public Affairs and Advocacy in 2018, she worked in Student Affairs, Financial Aid, and Student Services at Sacramento State. During Teresa’s tenure at Sacramento State, she played a key role in coordinating campus activities such as February’s Financial Aid Awareness month. Teresa is a proud alum of Sacramento State. She earned bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and master’s degree in education leadership and public policy. Teresa’s continued dedication and commitment to students and public service adds value to the mission of Public Affairs & Advocacy.