About Us

The Division of University Advancement is responsible for advancing the mission, vision and priorities of Sonoma State University.  As the North Bay’s premier four-year public university, we proudly serve Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

SSU is a special place where opportunities for leadership, service and learning happen in a meaningful way. There is a sense of civility for differing opinions, a sense of excitement for change, and a sense of purpose.

In recent years, SSU has truly come into its own. All over campus you can feel the spirit of an energized academic institution that educates more than 9,000 students each year, and sustains more than 5,300 jobs in the region. Sonoma State graduates earn $528 million annually, and the University's impact on the regional economy exceeds $383 million.

Partnerships with the local wine industry, local school districts, and high-tech companies are representative of the inter-dependence between the University and its community. Numerous regional and national programs have been developed at SSU, and education models such as the innovative nurse practitioner distance delivery program have improved the quality of life of countless individuals who would otherwise not be served.

Sonoma State thrives today because of its students, 1,500 dedicated faculty and staff, over 70,000 alumni, and friends who support the University's role as a community partner and premier education institution. More than five decades of excellence has established strong ties between SSU and the community, and in that span, a strong tradition of support has emerged.

All of University Advancement's goals and tactics are in support of Sonoma State's Strategic Plan 2025.