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Garrett P. Ashley

Garrett P. Ashley is vice chancellor of university relations and advancement for the California State University, providing oversight for systemwide fundraising, governmental affairs, alumni relations, communications, and public affairs since November 2008. His division highlights the system’s positive role in California while advocating for public higher education interests. He is president of the California State University Foundation, which enhances the educational excellence of the system through public and private support and partnerships. Additionally, he was appointed to the St. Mary Medical Center board of ambassadors in 2009 and now serves as chair. Previously, he was undersecretary for international trade in the California Business, Transportation, and Housing Agency. He chaired the statewide California Trade Partnership, was a member of the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee, and served on the advisory board of the Center for International Business Education and Research at the University of Southern California. He also served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff for operations and as chief deputy director for Governor Pete Wilson’s Office of Emergency Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Mexico.

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