Assistant Vice Chancellor, Advocacy and State Relations
The California State University
Karen Y. Zamarripa is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Advocacy and State Relations for the CSU. She works directly with elected officials and their staff, state government and the governor's office on budget and legislative matters important to the CSU. Zamarripa has almost 30 years of experience in education issues, legislative advocacy, strategic communications, state budget and politics, having worked in the state legislature, for public schools and the CSU.
Zamarripa was honored with the Suede Johnson award in 2004 for her work in higher education. This award is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council for the Advancement of Education (CASE) and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (NASULGC) and recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advocacy for higher education.
Zamarripa earned her Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from CSU Sacramento in 2001 and has been honored by her alma mater as a Distinguished Alumni award recipient. She received her undergraduate degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Southern California in the late 1970s.