Kimberly Shiner, the associate vice president for University Advancement, Office of Philanthropic Giving, at Cal State San Bernardino, has been appointed vice chair of the executive board of Leadership California, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the representation and influence of diverse women leaders across the state of California.
Shiner, who joined CSUSB in 2014, was part of the leadership team to implement and close the university’s largest comprehensive campaign, raising $54 million, exceeding its $50 million goal. The campaign included CSUSB’s single largest cash gift of $10 million to name the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration.
“I am grateful for the board’s confidence in me as I expand my service to Leadership California in this new role as part of the executive committee,” said Shiner. “We are at a critical moment in our history, and I look forward to bringing my continued passion and energy to increasing the influence of diverse women leaders across our state.”
“This is a well-deserved appointment and tribute to Ms. Shiner’s experience and leadership in higher education and nonprofit management,” said Robert J. Nava, vice president for University Advancement at Cal State San Bernardino. “Kim has distinguished herself in fundraising and developing programs to promote equity and inclusion in higher education and her extensive experience will complement the mission of Leadership California.”
Shiner, who has spent nearly 20 years as a professional in fundraising, public relations and community outreach, is passionate about service to the community, volunteerism and mentoring, having been inspired by her late great uncle, Los Angeles City Councilman Gilbert Lindsay, and her grandmother, Ozie B. Gonzaque, commissioner and former chair of the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA).
She has also worked to advance her leadership skills, and is an alumna of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), and the Inland Empire Economic Partnership (IEEP) Regional Leadership Academy.
Prior to leading University Development at Cal State San Bernardino, Shiner was senior director for corporate and foundation relations and chief advancement officer for the then-CSUSB College of Business and Public Administration.
Prior to CSUSB, Shiner spent 13 years at the University of Southern California (USC) in various leadership positions during two historic fundraising campaigns for $2.2 billion and its current one for $6 billion. While at USC, she managed fundraising programs for the Keck School of Medicine, Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, and Civic Engagement.
She also provided leadership for the USC employee giving campaign, USC Good Neighbors, which enjoyed three-record breaking years raising more than $1 million annually for community university initiatives.
Prior to her fundraising career, Shiner worked for top public relations firms including Lages & Associates, Ruder Finn and Carl Byoir and Associates. She also worked on the first museum of news, the Newseum (part of the Freedom Forum) in the Washington, D.C., area while living there and attending Howard University.
Shiner received her bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in public administration from California State University, Northridge.
Leadership California, through its flagship California Issues & Trends program, moves women from success to significance. Its programs provide a critical foundation and experiences to help women positively impact their workplaces and communities. Ultimately, the organization motivates and inspires accomplished women to reach higher aspirations and to have the knowledge, confidence, and connections to act to improve California’s future, according to its website.
Since 1992, Leadership California has fostered a diverse network of more than 1,700 women leaders and more than 3,000 supporters, including speakers, sponsors, and advisors, dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California.