CSU Alumni


Manolo Morales
Manolo P. Morales
President - Elect
Humboldt State University
B.A. Political Science, '05

Manolo P. Morales currently serves as Vice President, State Government and Industry Affairs for Chubb Insurance covering the Western Region of the United States. Prior to this undertaking, Manolo was a lobbyist for the insurance industry in California for 7 years and was previously part of the administration of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, Manolo immigrated to Humboldt County, California in 1982. He graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Political Science.

At Humboldt State University, Manolo served as Associated Students Vice President, Chairman of the University Center Board of Directors, and Academic Senate liaison before becoming elected to lead the California State Student Association (CSSA) in 2004.

Manolo joined the Alumni Council in 2012, and has served as Treasurer for two terms and as a member of the finance committee. Manolo continues to stay active with his campus and in 2006, was named HSU’s Alumni Advocate of the Year.

My Story, My CSU

  • My fondest college memory
    Entering the dorms on August 15, 1999 was by far my fondest college memory to date. HSU has a wonderful residence life program and being part of a small-ish community of first-time college goers was nothing short of exhilarating. Having grown up in Arcata, I had thought HSU had little to nothing to offer me, but boy was I wrong! I met people from all around the state and the country and everyone was so friendly and open. Due to the close-knit community of the campus, I was able to make lifelong friends that will never diminish.
  • My favorite professor
    My favorite professor was not anyone that I took a class from. Instead, it is Dr. Rollin Richmond, then-President of Humboldt State. I entered student government at the same time Dr. Richmond was hired and we hit it off immediately. Over the next 2 years until I graduated (and even after), he was a mentor, a sounding board and an all-around great guy that made me proud to be a Lumberjack!
  • My first job out of college
    I worked full-time doing all sorts of jobs during college, including working in the bookstore, the dining cafeteria, a laundromat, a bagel shop, with UPS, at the campus library, a grocery store and even as a courier. My first “real” job out of college was at a temp agency in Sacramento, where I worked for the County Senior and Adult Services Division until the Executive Fellowship Program began a few months after.
  • My proudest accomplishment
    Giving the commencement address at my graduation with all my family and friends in the audience. It had taken me 6 years to get through college yet I still didn’t really want to leave. I don’t remember much of the speech, but I do know that (some) people laughed at at least one of the jokes I made.