Garrett P. Ashley is vice chancellor of University Relations and Advancement for the California State University, a position he has held since November 2008. In this role, he provides oversight for systemwide fundraising, governmental affairs, alumni relations, communications and public affairs. His division highlights the system’s significant and positive impact on the state of California while advocating for public higher education interests.
Ashley also serves as president of the California State University Foundation, which supports and enhances the CSU’s educational mission—across teaching, learning, community service and applied research—through strategic partnerships, as well as via public and private support.
As vice chancellor, he has focused the division on integrated, multichannel communications programming; strategic and relationship-based legislative and budget advocacy at the state and federal levels; and expanding the CSU’s fundraising capabilities systemwide through professional development and global alumni outreach—helping campuses across the CSU double gift commitments to more than half a billion dollars during his tenure.
Additionally, Ashley is a member and former chair of the St. Mary Medical Center Board of Ambassadors and the co-chair of the Intentional Endowment Network Steering Committee, which provides campus endowments with effective and environmentally and socially responsible investment resources.
Previously, he was undersecretary for international trade in the Business Transportation and Housing Agency for the state of California. He chaired the statewide California Trade Partnership, was a member of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee, and served on the Center for International Business Education and Research Advisory Board at the University of Southern California.
Ashley also served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s deputy chief of staff for operations, chief of staff to Congressman Steve Kuykendall, and, during the Wilson administration, as chief deputy director for the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
Ashley earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of New Mexico.