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The Office of Governmental and Community Relations establishes, maintains and strengthens relationships with elected officials, governmental staff, and key community and business stakeholders to advance strategic university goals. We achieve this by:

  • Communicating university policies, projects, needs and contributions to the surrounding nine counties in the San Joaquin Valley
  • Actively engaging in the community by addressing concerns, issues and opportunities associated with the presence of the first major research university to be built in the 21st century
  • Building strong connections between the university and local and regional community groups in order to address a wide variety of social, economic, educational and environmental issues
  • Working closely with all levels of government — local (nine county regions), state (four senators and eight assembly members) and federal (six congressmen and two senators) on issues related to higher education and research
  • Regularly communicating with community leaders and organizations monitoring issues and serving as the campus liaison
  • Directing and assisting with projects and programs that advance the University of California's mission of research, teaching and public service

Current Issues


Cori Lucero

Executive Director

T: 209-228-4440
F: 209-228-4423

Miguel Lopez

Community Relations Representative
T: 209-228-4353
F: 209-228-4423