Rita Gallardo Good, Director of Civic Affairs
California State University Sacramento, Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy

Rita Gallardo Good is the Director of Civic Affairs for California State University Sacramento in the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy.  She has been a proud public servant for over 27 years in local and state government. A transition in 2010, brought her to Sacramento to work in the State Capitol in the California Senate for then California State Senator Alex Padilla. As a passionate public servant, Rita serves as the Chair of the City of Sacramento’s Parks and Community Enrichment Commission, the first Latina to serve in that position in the 19-year history of the commission. She also serves as a Board Member to the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project (CLYLP), and as a Mentor for PUENTE at Sac City Community College.

Rita’s past community service includes serving as an advisor to the Sacramento Latina Leaders Network.  Most recently she also served as a member of the Sacramento County Census 2020 subcommittee for Latino Outreach, Chair for the Sacramento Region of California Women Lead, and member the City’s Planning Academy.  Rita is a proud alumnus of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) Leadership Institute, Class of 2008; Leadership California, California Issues and Trends Leadership Academy, Class of 2010; Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program, 2015; and the Emerging Latino Leadership Foundation Academy, Class of 2019.

Rita earned her Masters of Public Administration at the University of Laverne as well as her Bachelors of Business Administration, and is an alumnus of Los Angeles Harbor Community College.  She previously served as a Commissioner for the County of Sacramento Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee, appointed by Supervisor Kennedy. Also, Rita served as Governor Brown’s appointee to the Statewide Pupil Assessment Review Panel under the Department of Education for two terms. 

Rita makes her home in Sacramento, with her husband Ross.  She has three adult children, and is a proud grandmother to Layla Flor and Levi Jayce.  She is committed to mentor and inspire Latinos to flourish and grow by working towards their dreams of success in education, appointed or elected office, and career. Rita takes great pride as she works to make a difference in the lives of others.