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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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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.

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Elisa Trimboli

Anchor University Partnership Manager

Elisa Trimboli serves as the Anchor University Partnership Manager at California State University, Sacramento. In that position, she oversees the development and coordination of anchor university efforts. The position is responsible for maintaining relations with University units and community organizations to strategically and thoughtfully create lasting partnerships that will benefit the University, its students, and the community. Prior to her time with the Anchor University initiative, Ms. Trimboli served as a program manager at the College of Continuing Education, working with international programming and workforce development certification programs. Before arriving at Sacramento State, she worked for nearly a decade at Community Action Volunteers in Education (CAVE) program at Chico State as their Outreach & Operations Program Manager. She worked with campus units and community partners to create community service programs. Ms. Trimboli earned her bachelor's degree from Chico State in Recreation Administration in community development. She is also a proud graduate of Sacramento State with a master's degree in Behavioral Sciences Gender Equity Studies.

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Nancy Griggs

Executive Assistant

Nancy Griggs has been working at Sacramento State since 2017. Prior to joining Public Affairs & Advocacy, she spent four years with the College of Continuing Education (CCE) as their Facilities Operations Analyst. While with CCE, she provided strategic and operational planning for all areas of oversight, and leadership of the Facilities and Logistics unit. Nancy first worked with Public Affairs and Advocacy through the coordination of the University’s Vote Center and Sac State Downtown, where she became familiar with the government relations and community outreach roles of the office. As part of Public Affairs & Advocacy, she enjoys the daily engagement the campus community, working together as a team to provide solutions, and taking pride in a job well done.