University Relations and Advancement


Theresa Mendoza
Theresa Mendoza
Senior Advisor, Campus Advancement
The California State University

As Senior Advisor, Theresa (Tere) Mendoza provides strategic counsel to the presidents and executive leadership of the 23 campuses as they build successful advancement programs that enhance the California State University’s prestige, build alumni loyalty and procure philanthropic resources. Services provided include campaign planning and management, major gift fundraising strategies, academic community involvement, volunteer structures and management, leadership coaching, staff mentoring and in-residence assignments.

She is also responsible for managing the chancellor’s statewide industry advisory councils in the areas of agriculture, entertainment and hospitality.

Previous to her current role with the Division of University Relations and Advancement at the CSU Chancellor’s Office, Mendoza served as vice president at San Diego State and interim vice president at CSU Fullerton–two of the system’s largest campuses. Prior to joining the CSU, Mendoza served as executive vice president of the Arizona State University Foundation and campaign director of ASU's Campaign for Leadership and as special advisor to the president at the University of New Mexico.

In the non-profit and government sectors, Mendoza served as the Washington Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and worked on the staffs of three members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She earned a bachelor’s in international affairs and economics from George Washington University, a master’s in organizational communication from Arizona State University and a certificate in fundraising management from Indiana University.