Garrett Ashley became Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Advancement at the California State University in November, 2008. In his position, Ashley oversees several areas of the country's largest public university system including systemwide fund-raising and development programs, state and federal legislative affairs, community relations, alumni relations, communications and public affairs. In addition, Ashley serves as president of the California State University Foundation, where he leads an 18-member board to increase public and private support for the California State University and oversees systemwide scholarship programs and public/private sector partnerships.
Prior to joining the California State University, Ashley was Undersecretary for International Trade in the Business Transportation and Housing Agency for the State of California. Appointed to the post by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006, Ashley led and coordinated the state's efforts related to international trade promotion and policy. In addition, he chaired the statewide California Trade Partnership, a group of local, state and federal trade promotion organizations collectively gathered to advance the state's export efforts. Ashley created and implemented the business delegation program for the Governor's trade missions to Mexico in 2006 and Canada in 2007. He also participated in the U.S. Department of Commerce led trade mission to India in November, 2006. He was a member of the United States Trade Representative's Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee (IGPAC), and the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) Advisory Board at the University of Southern California.
From 2003-2006, Ashley was Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations in Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Office where he was responsible for managing personnel, scheduling, advance, constituent affairs, field offices, and information technology.
From 2001 to 2003, Ashley served as the first Executive Director of TechNet Orange County. TechNet is a nationwide trade association of high tech CEOs. During his tenure, Ashley increased membership and revenue, established an executive committee, and advised its members on state and federal policy as it related to the high tech industry.
Ashley's public policy and government experience extends to Congress where he served as Chief of Staff to Congressman Steve Kuykendall (CA-36) from 1999 to 2001.
From 1995 to 1999, as Chief Deputy Director at the Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), Ashley was second in command and directly responsible for overseeing all strategic communications and day-to-day operations. He also managed legislative issues for the agency and successfully worked to gain legislative approval and budget authority for a new $30 million state-of-the-art emergency operations center.
Ashley's political career began as an advance representative for California Governor Pete Wilson in 1991, and prior to that, as an intern for Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM).
Ashley received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.