Garrett P. Ashley is vice chancellor of University Relations and Advancement for the California State University, providing oversight for systemwide fundraising, governmental affairs, alumni relations, communications and public affairs since November 2008. His division highlights the system’s positive role in California while advocating for public higher education interests.
Ashley is president of the California State University Foundation, which enhances the educational excellence of the system through public and private support and partnerships. Additionally, he serves as chair of the St. Mary Medical Center Board of Ambassadors to which he was appointed in 2009.
Previously, Ashley was undersecretary for international trade in the Business Transportation and Housing Agency for 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 and as chief deputy director for Governor Pete Wilson's Office of Emergency Services.
Ashley earned a political science bachelor’s from the University of New Mexico.