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Public service veteran tapped to lead SF State government relations



Matt Itelson
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Lisbet Sunshine has held key leadership roles in S.F. Chamber of Commerce, city government

SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2006 -- San Francisco State University has named Lisbet Sunshine director of government relations. The appointment was effective April 3. Sunshine has nearly two decades of experience in public service, largely in San Francisco.

In her new position, Sunshine is charged with generating support for the University and its interests by working with the SF State community, the 23-campus California State University system, and national, state and local governmental entities on projects and initiatives of mutual benefit. She is also responsible for building relationships with constituent groups, assisting community leaders in gaining access to SF State's resources, coordinating the University's response to political and policy issues, and advising administrators and faculty on strategies on working with public officials.

"Lisbet Sunshine's extensive experience in public service and community outreach will serve the University well as we work to strengthen involvement with the residents and leadership of San Francisco," said Lee Blitch, vice president for university advancement. "She has a proven ability to work effectively with elected, civic and business leaders to make a positive difference."

Sunshine is a mayoral appointee and chair on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Revenue Bond Oversight Committee, which is charged with the voter-approved $4-billion rebuilding of the Hetch Hetchy water system. She also serves on the board of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee.

Sunshine was most recently vice president for public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, where she communicated, educated and lobbied on behalf of chamber members with the San Francisco Mayor's Office, Board of Supervisors and city commissions. She also led the chamber's 21st Century Political Action Committee and developed public/private initiatives including the Health Care Committee on the Working Uninsured.

From 2001 to 2004, Sunshine was executive director of the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee to the Mayor, a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono consulting services to San Francisco public agencies in management and fiscal matters.

Sunshine has also held lead communications roles for the San Francisco International Airport, where she won several awards for her work, and San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic. She was a legislative aide to a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors from 1988 to 1992.

Sunshine, a San Francisco resident, is married with three children. She is a three-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Yale University.

SF State is the only master's-level public university serving the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin. The University enrolls about 29,000 students each year and graduates about 7,000 annually. With nationally acclaimed programs in a range of fields -- from creative writing, cinema and biology to history, broadcast and electronic communication arts, theatre arts and ethnic studies -- the University's more than 150,000 graduates have contributed to the economic, cultural and civic fabric of San Francisco and beyond.


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