Alumnus To Lead CSU Alumni Council
By Brian Hiro
Jeremy Addis-Mills already was heavily involved on the California State University alumni council, the representative voice of the more than 3 million alumni of the CSU system.
Now he’s deepening his level of commitment for the next six years.
Addis-Mills, 36, who graduated from Cal State San Marcos in 2007 with a degree in social sciences and women’s studies, was appointed in March to a top leadership position on the CSU alumni council. He will begin a two-year term as president-elect on July 1, to be followed by two years as president and two years as immediate past president – becoming the first CSUSM graduate to serve in all three posts. All are volunteer roles.
He has been secretary of the council for the past two years.
In his position as president, Addis-Mills will lead an alumni body that helps to shape CSU policy and participates in strategic decision-making. The council is composed of alumni directors and representatives from all 23 CSU campuses.
“I have been given the opportunity to serve on the statewide alumni council as the representative of CSUSM for about eight years,” Addis-Mills said. “It has been a great experience, and leading the council will provide me the opportunity to represent the alumni voice and CSUSM in a broader way.”
The presidential appointment will add to a full plate for Addis-Mills. In his professional life, he is the president of Digital Impact &, a San Diego communications firm he founded in 2009 that specializes in telling the progressive story online. Previously, he managed communications and outreach for David Alvarez, a former member of the San Diego City Council.
Addis-Mills recently served as the alumni representative on the search committee that led to the selection of Dr. Ellen Neufeldt as the new president of CSUSM. He’s also a board member of the CSUSM Alumni Association and the San Diego Leadership Alliance.
His wife, Treasure, is a fellow CSUSM graduate, from the Class of 2005.
“CSUSM played a huge role in preparing me for the opportunities I have today,” Addis-Mills said. “I believe in the value and the original vision of the CSU, and lending an alumni voice to this is critical to maintaining this value and vision for future students.”
Brian Hiro, Communications Specialist
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