University Relations and Advancement


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

As Senior Advisor, Theresa Mendoza works as strategic counsel to the president and executive leadership of each of the CSU's 23 campuses in building successful advancement programs that enhance the universities' prestige, build alumni loyalty and procure philanthropic resources that enrich the academic and student learning environments. She also manages the CSU's Presidents' Council on Industries Advisory Boards and Systemwide Program Initiatives in the areas of agriculture, engineering, entertainment and hospitality.

Prior to joining the Chancellor's Office, Mendoza was vice president of University Advancement and founding CEO of the Campanile Foundation at San Diego State University. During her nine-year tenure, the university raised an unprecedented $400 million, and increased the annual productivity from $20 million to $65.5 million. Before that, Mendoza spent 15 years at Arizona State University where she served as the executive vice president of the Arizona State University Foundation and campaign director of ASU's Campaign for Leadership.

Before making the transition to higher education, Mendoza served as the Washington Director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) and on the staffs of three members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She earned a BA in international affairs and economics from George Washington University, an MA in intercultural and organizational communication from Arizona State University and a Certificate in Fundraising Management (CFRM) from Indiana University.

Last Updated: June 22, 2010