Celina Zacarias is the Senior Director of Community and Government Relations for California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) where she is responsible for advancing CSUCI’s positive presence and goodwill at all levels throughout the culturally diverse service region, the state, the nation and internationally by planning, directing, and implementing a comprehensive proactive program of community and government relations. Celina is also responsible for establishing and maintaining strong relationships with local elected officials, state legislators, and U.S. Congressional representatives in Washington D.C. and their staff members with the goal of communicating the campus’ positions on issues and to obtain support for needed resources.
Appointed in 2020 to the Oxnard Harbor District Board where she utilizes her business, education and community experience to assist in strategic planning, economic vitality, employee empowerment and community outreach to improve the Port of Hueneme and the lives of Ventura County residents.
The daughter of migrant farmworkers in Oxnard, Celina worked alongside her mother on weekends, winter/spring breaks and the summers picking strawberries. Celina was the first in her family to attend a University and graduated from UCSB with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Spanish Literature and Hispanic Civilization.
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