Robert J. Nava, President, San Francisco State Foundation
Vice President University Advancement, San Francisco State University
Robert Nava is vice president for university advancement at SF State and is president of the San Francisco State University Foundation. Prior to coming to SF State, Nava held various senior leadership positions at the University of California, Riverside and served as the university's lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington D.C. During much of his 19-year UC Riverside career, Nava also taught as an adjunct faculty member in CSU Fullerton's Chicano Studies program and worked in advocacy for the Orange County Human Relations Commission. Nava served as the associate vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 2005 to 2010, during which time he organized the university's centennial campaign, which raised almost half of its $200 million goal in a down economy before its public launch in September 2010. Nava earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from UTEP in 1979 and a J.D. from Western State University College of Law in Orange County, Calif. Nava is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CRFE) and was a member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Institute for Management and Leadership in Education (MLE), class of 2001. He also was an education fellow with the Institute on Educational Leadership, Washington, D.C. Nava is married to Catherine Aguilera-Nava. The couple have three children and one grandchild.