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About Dr. Lisa Cardoza

Most recently, Dr. Lisa Cardoza served as the Vice President for University Advancement at California State University, Sacramento and Executive Officer for The University Foundation at Sacramento State, where she led record-setting fundraising efforts for the University. Prior to her current role, Cardoza was Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen's Chief of Staff, and also as the University's Interim Vice President of Human Resources.

Before arriving in Sacramento, Dr. Cardoza worked at The University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in the areas of outreach and college access, enrollment and student services, governmental relations and as Chief of Staff.

Dr. Cardoza is a proud graduate of Edcouch-Elsa High School in Texas, and graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Arts in Social Sciences of Education. She earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She is also the very proud mother of two boys – Gabriel, a recent graduate of the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA), and Diego, a junior in the San Juan Unified School District.