Rita Gallardo Good




Rita Gallardo Good is the Senior Associate Vice President of the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy at Sacramento State. As a passionate public servant for the past 34 years, Rita is proud to serve as a Commissioner for the City of Sacramento’s Parks and Community Enrichment Commission and the Stadium Area Public Financing Authority. She also serves as a Board Member of the 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 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 of 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 is a doctoral student at Sacramento State in the Educational Leadership Program, set to complete the program in May 2024. She earned her Master of Public Administration at the University of Laverne and her Bachelor of Business Administration and is an alumnus of Los Angeles Harbor Community College. Rita 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 proudly 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 mentoring and inspiring youth to flourish and grow by working towards their dreams of success in education, being appointed or in elected office, and successful careers. Rita takes great pride as she works to make a difference in the lives of others.