Robert J. Nava was appointed vice president for University Advancement at San Francisco State University in 2010. As the University’s chief advancement officer, Nava is responsible for managing the University’s external image, increasing private philanthropic support and maintaining relationships with key University constituencies. Units reporting to him include Development, Communications, Alumni Relations, Government Relations, Athletics and Special Events. Nava also serves as president of the San Francisco State University Foundation, which manages the University’s nearly $70 million endowment.
Prior to joining SF State, Nava served as the associate vice president for Institutional Advancement at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 2005-2010. As associate vice president, Nava served as the University’s chief development officer and was responsible for the Office of University Development and the Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations. In his five years at UTEP, Nava 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. From 1987 – 2005, Nava also served in various senior leadership positions at the University of California, Riverside, including assistant vice chancellor for principal gifts, interim vice chancellor of University Advancement, and assistant vice chancellor of Governmental and Community Relations, serving as the University’s lobbyist in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.