Sarah L. Catz was appointed Brandman University’s vice chancellor of external affairs in September 2013. In this newly created position, she leads the government and community relations program as well as advancement and alumni relations. A leading advocate and public policy maker, Sarah will apply a wealth of experience as she builds and connects these programs for Brandman.
During the past twenty years Sarah has played a key role in critical infrastructure projects at both local and state levels. She served on the board of directors of the Orange County Transportation Authority from 1992 to 2002 and served as its Chairman in 1998. Sarah also was a founding member of the board of directors of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) and served as the chairman of the board in 1995 and 1996. In 1999, Sarah helped former Governor Davis in the transition of his new administration by serving as the acting deputy secretary of transportation for the state of California as well as the project manager for the Governor's Infrastructure Commission, the Commission on Building for the 21st Century. Sarah currently serves as a member of the board of directors of the CA-NV Super Speed Train Commission that is developing a high-speed rail service between Orange County and Las Vegas. In addition to leading the external affairs department, she is also the director of the Center for Urban Infrastructure at Brandman University.
Sarah holds a Juris Doctor Degree from University of Santa Clara School of Law as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the George Washington University. She is a member of the California State Bar.
Expertise: Government Relations, Community Relations, Advancement, Alumni Relations, Mentoring and Career Placement.