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Community and Government Relations

The Community and Government Relations (CGR) Team serves San José State University (SJSU) by creating and strengthening strategic relationships and partnerships with local, state, and federal elected officials and agencies. Further, we connect the university’s goals and resources to community leaders, opinion influencers, and regional non-profit organizations to advance the mission and vision of SJSU as a driver of economic growth, social mobility, and social change for Silicon Valley, and a thought leader for state and national issues.

Sammy Spartan driving through a parade.

Community Relations

CGR actively works with the local community (e.g., community-based organizations, neighborhood associations, businesses, trade organizations) to be a good neighbor and to build strategic partnerships that benefit the community and SJSU. These relationships can take on numerous forms, such as collaborative economic and community development projects.

Lead Team Member: Edwin Tan
Contact: edwin.tan@sjsu.edu

San Jose Capitol Building with blue and gold lights.

Local and State Relations

The CGR team works with members of the California State delegation and other state agencies to advance the CSU’s position on legislation and advocating for the California State University budget. Additionally, the team works closely with elected officials and agency staff from the City of San José and the County of Santa Clara on shared priorities.

Lead Team Member: Jennifer Malutta
Contact: jennifer.malutta@sjsu.edu

SJSU community members in front of the US Capitol Building.

Federal Relations

CGR actively cultivates relationships with Members of Congress (locally and in Washington, D.C.), federal agency staff, and higher education advocacy organizations in order to further SJSU’s mission. CGR also advocates federal agencies and Congress for a federal budget and regulatory flexibility that enhances and reflects SJSU’s research goals, as well as legislative and policy priorities that promote the success of our students, faculty, staff, and greater SJSU community.

Lead Team Member: Ryan M. Ward
Contact: ryan.m.ward@sjsu.edu

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Advocacy for Racial Justice

CGR’s advocacy work on racial justice includes partnering with student, staff, faculty, and administrators to address systemic racism through specific campus-based initiatives and collaborations with community organizations. The Director for Advocacy for Racial Justice leads this work for CGR under the guidance of the President’s Leadership Team for Equity and Justice.

Joining the team on Oct. 26th, 2020: Jahmal C. Williams
Contact: jahmal.williams@sjsu.edu

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Civic Engagement

To register or check your voter status visit the California Online Voter Registration website. You may also visit the Voter's Edge California website to find your polling place location, candidate profiles, ballot measures, and more.

Visit the SJSU Freedom of Speech website to learn more about your free speech rights.

Learn how to become more engaged by visiting:

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Find your Member

Stay informed and learn who represents you. Visit the United States House of Representatives website to find your U.S. House of Representative and the United States Senate website to find your U.S. Senator.