Jennifer Barber serves as the Executive Director of Alumni Relations, Annual Giving and the Sacramento State Alumni Association at Sacramento State. Jennifer came to the university in September 2008 from the Cal Aggie Alumni Association at UC Davis where she served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Her and her team's responsibilities include engaging students and alumni with the university, overseeing the association's programs and services, providing leadership for volunteer initiatives and the committees of the organization's board of directors, creating campus partnerships and revenue opportunities, leveraging annual giving opportunities and managing events held at the Alumni Center.
Jennifer earned her BS in Managerial Economics from UC Davis and her MA in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix. She is a lifetime member of the Sac State Alumni Association and an active volunteer both in personal and professional pursuits, including with the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
My Story, My CSU
- My favorite aspect of working for CSU
Getting to know the alumni and students that we serve. People make the difference and when you can help connect them to each other, the university, the community . . . the rewards are endless!
- My most inspirational CSU moment
That is tied between two programs I get the privilege of coordinating each year—our scholarship program and our Distinguished Alumni Awards. With the scholarship program, you get to see the amazing hurdles and challenges that our students have overcome to get to college—many of them experiencing more in their early years than most of us in a lifetime. Then to see the other end of the spectrum where those students have not only persevered and earned the degree, but now they are out in the community as successful alumni making an impact. Truly inspirational!
- My college advice
College is the time to explore . . . find you passion. Take a class outside of your major, try an internship that sounds interesting, join a club, travel abroad—these are the experiences that will shape the rest of your life. Oh, and of course, finish your degree!
- My hope for the future
That more and more Sac State and CSU alumni will become involved with their alma mater. That these graduates come to realize how much their mentorship, outreach and support can mean to a student working hard to find their success.