Fernanda Perdomo A. Karp

Fernanda Perdomo A. Karp

Director, Campus & Community Relations

Fernanda Perdomo A. Karp serves as Director of Campus and Community Relations in the Division of Student Affairs at San José State University (SJSU). In this role, she is central liaison to the campus and external community agencies for community partnerships, college access, 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, 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, Undergraduate Admissions in the Office of Admissions & Outreach, and held administrative analyst positions in the Biological Sciences and Mathematics departments. Currently, she serves on the following internal and external committees: Latina Coalition Silicon Valley Board, SJSU representative to CommUniverCity's Steering Committee, CSU/AAPI Executive Committee, Student Success Learning Community, Veterans Advisory Committee, Vision 2017- Spartan Pride Committee, College Day, Semana Educativa (a SJSU, Univision, and College Board collaboration), and the Promise Neighborhood Grant Initiative (a Catholic Charities, Franklin-McKinley School District, Somos Mayfair and SJSU project). She is also a Skelly-Coleman Review/Hearing Officer.

Fernanda completed the 2013 Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI) Community Civic Leadership program, where 25 emerging community leaders are brought together each year to expand the civic leadership pipeline for Asian and Latino American communities. In addition, she is a fellow of the Latino Board Leadership Academy, a comprehensive leadership training program, instituted by the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, designed to prepare and match Latinos for community engagement on boards of non-profit organizations. Fernanda earned an MA in Public Administration and a BA in Mathematics (Statistics) from SJSU. Previously, she studied law at the Universidad Externado de Colombia in her native country of Colombia. While there, she co-founded the multidisciplinary review, Textos Libres, a magazine that explored national and international politics, social justice and gender issues, poetry and investigative reporting.