Celina L. Zacarias
Celina L. Zacarias is the director of community and government relations for California State University Channel Islands. She is responsible for advancing the university's positive presence and goodwill 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, state, and national officials to communicate positions on issues and obtain support for resources on behalf of the campus.
The daughter of migrant farmworkers, Celina was born in Michoacán, Mexico and came to the United States when she was three years old. Both her father and grandfather were a part of the Bracero Program from 1942-1964.
Celina graduated from UCSB with bachelor of arts degrees in Spanish literature and Hispanic civilization. She has studied abroad in Cuba, China, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong and England.
Celina has 25 years of business experience from her careers at GMAC Mortgage, Wells Fargo and Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation.
In 2011 Celina was one of the 40 participants selected by the U.S. Secretary of Defense to participate in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference which allowed her to engage with top senior leadership at the Pentagon and at military commands throughout the country.
Celina holds leadership positions in many professional, economic and charitable organizations. Her contributions to the community have resulted in numerous awards and acknowledgements, including 2012 Top Latina in Higher Education Award; 2006 Top Woman in Business, Pacific Coast Business Times; 2011 Chairman's Award of Excellence and 2007 Woman of the Year, Oxnard Chamber of Commerce; 2007 Diversity Ambassador, American Red Cross.