Ronald Cortez, JD

Vice President of Administration and Finance, CFO
Ronald Cortez, JD

Contact Information

Phone: (415) 338-2521
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Ron Cortez joined San Francisco State University as Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer on July 2, 2013. He oversees a budget of approximately $450 million and provides strategic and operational direction for the University's nine administration and finance departments. They include budget administration and operations; the division of information technology; fiscal affairs; human resources, safety and risk management; internal audit; physical planning and development; campus space administration; capital planning, design and construction; facilities and service enterprises; and University property management.


Prior to joining San Francisco State, Cortez served for five years as the associate vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  At UC Santa Barbara, Cortez directed the implementation of a new financial, e-procurement, timekeeping and payroll system. He led negotiations on behalf of the University with the County of Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department and Fire Department, providing police, fire and paramedic services for the campus' long-range development plan. He was also awarded a statewide award for higher education-local government collaboration in the area of sustainability.


Cortez also has extensive experience in county government having been a deputy county executive officer for Santa Barbara County, where he supervised a department of 1,200 employees with a $225 million operating budget and $100 million capital budget.


Cortez earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from San Jose State University, a master's degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University, a master's degree in organizational management from Fielding University and a law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law.