Lizette Navarette Joins UC Riverside Office of Governmental and Community Relations

New position will increase university’s outreach throughout Inland Southern California

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Lizette Navarette is the new director of regional relations in the university’s Office of Governmental and Community Relations.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (  —  Lizette Navarette is showing that you can come home again. Or at least come back to your alma mater. The 2006 graduate of the University of California, Riverside and former Associated Students president has been hired as associate director of regional relations in the university’s Office of Governmental and Community Relations.

“Returning to UC Riverside is a tremendous honor. The foundation of my experience and skills is rooted in this campus,” she said. “It is clear that despite the growth, faculty and staff still maintain a student-centered focus.  It’s this focus that has made UCR home the first time and what make it definitely feel like coming back home this time around.”

In her new position, Navarette will help improve the university’s outreach with businesses, residents, community leaders and elected officials, including mayors’ offices, city councils, and other civic agencies, throughout Inland Southern California.

“Lizette will be focusing on advancing the visibility and relationships of the campus in the broader community with particular attention on Western Riverside County and San Bernardino,” said Lars Walton, assistant vice chancellor for Governmental and Community Relations. “Her position will work with the community and all levels of government — local, state and federal.”

“I hope to translate partnership building experience and my education policy work to elevate UCR’s regional presence. I want to help build even greater affinity for UCR and ensure that the campus is represented in key regional matters,” Navarette said. “UCR is a great campus and my goal is to see enthusiastic fans of this great university throughout the Inland region. I look forward to working in partnership with the many individuals at UCR that share this vision.”

Navarette spent more than four years as the Youth & Education Coordinator for the Office of Riverside Mayor Ron Loveridge. Her duties included serving as an advisor on education policies and programs, developing and managing partnerships, and implementing programs to increase college-going and college completion rates among Riverside students. Prior to that she spent nearly two years as program assistant for Community & International Relations in the Office of the Mayor.

Navarette earned her bachelor’s degree in political science/international affairs from UCR in 2006, then went on to earn a master’s from the University of La Verne in public administration in 2009. While an undergraduate, she served as an Associated Students senator before becoming ASUCR president in 2005-06. She was also chair of the UCR Commons Board of Governors and helped oversee the Commons Expansion project. In 2008 she received the “30 Under 30” Emerging Leaders Award from the 62nd Assembly District and in 2011 she was named “Champion on the Rise” as part of Riverside Fair Housing Council’s Champions for Justice Award.

She has been extensively involved in the community, serving on the board of directors for Gateway to College Charter School, Greater Riverside Dollars for Scholars, the UCR Alumni Association and the Citizen’s University Committee.

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