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Vice President for Advancement Rohnert Park, CA

Sonoma State University has selected Dr. Mario A. Perez as its next vice president for advancement, effective February 10, 2020. Perez has served as associate vice president of advancement at California State University, Los Angeles since 2014. Perez comes to Sonoma State with more than 25 years of experience in the higher education and corporate sectors including six years serving on Cal State LA’s development leadership team. Since assuming the position of associate vice president of advancement, Perez has played an integral role in the planning and launching of the university’s first comprehensive campaign, which has raised more than $61 million to date.

Under Perez’s leadership, Cal State LA has received the two largest gifts in school history, which involved the naming of the Xu College of Health and Human Services and the Chin School of Nursing. Prior to arriving at Cal State LA, he served as senior director of development at the University of La Verne and, before that, director of development, corporate relations. Earlier in his career, Perez held the position of assistant director of public relations for the Oakland Raiders during the 1990s.

Perez holds a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations and a doctorate of education in organizational leadership and management from the University of La Verne. He has held a variety of board positions including with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the NFL Alumni Association. He currently serves on the President’s Leadership Team at Cal State LA.

Rachel Ellenport led this search with Rachel Partin and Amelia Ariel.


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