Fernanda Perdomo A. Karp
Director, Government & Community Relations
Fernanda Perdomo Karp serves as Director of Government and Community Relations at San José State University (SJSU). In this role, she is central liaison to the campus, external community and government agencies for community partnerships, college access, government relations and communications. In addition, she works closely with the CSU Chancellor's Office and other SJSU stakeholders to develop partnerships designed to promote student access to and success in academic programs, such as the STEM fields, traditionally underrepresented by students of color. In her efforts to create a college-going culture for first generation, veterans, and other underrepresented groups, Fernanda spearheads campus-wide events such as the Advancing Latino/a Success (ALAS) Conference, College Day Family and Community Conference, Super Sunday, Es El Momento Fair, and other CSU Journey to Success (JTS) projects including the Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Initiative.
Her career at SJSU spans more than a decade. In 2008, Fernanda served as Manager of
Special Projects in the Office of the VP for Student Affairs. Prior, she was Manager
for Undergraduate Admissions in the Office of Admissions & Outreach, and held administrative
analyst positions in the Biological Sciences and Mathematics departments.
Fernanda serves on several internal and external committees: CSU AAPI Executive Committee, Student Success Learning Community, CommUniverCity Board of Directors, Job and Educational Development Initiative (JEDI), Vision 2017, College Day, Univision Es El Momento Community Advisory Board, Latina Coalition Silicon Valley (LCSV) Board and Sabor del Valle (SDV) Board. Additionally she serves as a Skelly-Coleman Review/Hearing Officer.
Fernanda earned an MA in Public Administration and a BA in Mathematics (Statistics), both from San José State University. During her Masters studies she co-founded the MPA Student Association, an organization that, for four years, planned and implemented orientations for future MPA students. Before pursuing her studies at SJSU, she studied law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia in her native country of Colombia. While there, Fernanda cofounded a multidisciplinary review called Textos Libres, a magazine that explored national and international politics, social justice and gender issues, poetry and investigative reporting. She also conducted research on the nascent history of Colombia's class action cases for a university publication.
Fernanda has completed specialized management training in leading transformation and change through the Management Development Program (MDP) at Harvard University-Graduate School of Education. Currently, she is undergoing a 10-month program for emerging Latino leaders with the Latino Leadership Alliance (LLA) and Stanford University. In addition, she has completed leadership training as part of the 2013 Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Community Civic Leadership, a program that each year brings together 25 emerging community leaders to expand the civic leadership pipeline for the Asian American and Latino American communities. Fernanda is a graduate fellow of the Latino Board Leadership Academy (LBLA), a comprehensive program from the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) designed to train Latinos to serve as board members, and match them with boards of non-profit organizations whose missions best match their personal interests.