Savannah M. Mendoza

Policy and Program Associate
Sacramento City College/ Sacramento State

Pronouns: she/her 

Why I Do What I Do: The hardest decisions a student should need to make are choosing their dream school, which classes to take, or what clubs to join – not how they will be able to afford and succeed in college. 

Alma Mater(s): Proud Sacramento City College and Sacramento State student (Stingers Up!) 

Your role in one sentence: I help support our outstanding team in advancing equitable policy to ensure that all students can attend, thrive, and succeed in college.  

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am… hanging out with my dog, Luna or continuing my Black Belt training in Taekwondo. 

If not higher education, then what cause? Developing ways to increase civic engagement and voting power amongst historically marginalized communities.  

Formal bio: 

Savannah Maria Mendoza is a first-generation Latina born and raised in Oak Park, Sacramento. She is a proud product of Sacramento City College and is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Sacramento State.  

While at Sacramento State, Mendoza collaborated with on campus partners and worked tirelessly to register students to vote, coordinate outreach for the historic CSUS Vote Center, and increase student participation in the 2020 Census. Savannah’s previous work experience includes working for California Secretary of State to aid California colleges with Vote Center implementation and working in the California State Legislature. Although she has struggled throughout her higher education journey, Mendoza credits her success to her parents, friends, mentors, advisors, colleagues, and community members who have always encouraged her along the way. 

Savannah hopes to continue using her privilege to serve students and the community of Sacramento, which are the reasons she is here today.