Larry Salinas is the interim vice chancellor of University Relations and Advancement for the California State University, a position he has held since April 2021. Salinas joined the Chancellor's Office in January 2021 as senior advisor to Chancellor Joseph I. Castro.
University Relations and Advancement promotes the CSU by communicating its strengths as a state and national leader in providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education. The division is comprised of the state and federal advocacy, advancement and alumni relations and communications teams at the Chancellor's Office.
As interim vice chancellor, Salinas's focus is on elevating awareness among key audiences of the CSU's contributions to the culture and economy of California and nation.
Previously, Salinas was the executive director for governmental relations at California State University, Fresno, where he led the campus's government relations program and served as the principal liaison between Fresno State and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels. Before joining Fresno State, he held various government relations leadership roles at UC Merced, where he was a founding member of the university, and the University of California Office of the President. Salinas was also a staff member for a California assembly member as well as for three members of Congress. He has more than 35 years of political and public affairs experience and has served as an advisor to many candidates and elected officials.
Salinas is a member of the board of directors for Donor Network West, an organ and tissue donation nonprofit that serves more than 13 million people in Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Made in the CSU, Salinas earned a bachelor's degree in political science at Fresno State, where he was a first-generation college student. Salinas is a native of Austin, Texas and currently resides in Long Beach, California.