Francine Oschin '84, '85 M.A.
President, CSUN Alumni Association
Francine Oschin, a lifetime member of the Alumni Association, is President of Oschin Partners, a governmental relations consulting firm in Encino which focuses on transportation issues. She has devoted much of her life to volunteerism and public service and Cal State Northridge and has been a primary beneficiary of her wisdom, advice and commitment. Oschin served as the assistant chief deputy to Los Angeles City Councilman and fellow Metrolink Board Member Hal Bernson from 1989 to 2004. In that role, she helped organize several “town hall” meetings at her alma mater. In 2004, Oschin narrowly lost a bid to assume her own city council seat in District 3. Before she began her public-service career, she was a feature writer for the Glendale News-Press and the Burbank Leader. Today, she serves on the board of directors of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) and chairs the VICA Transportation Committee. She has served on the executive committee of Mobility 21 and has served on the boards of Metrolink, the Women’s Transportation Coalition, and the League of Women Voters.
Oschin has been recognized by numerous organizations including “Who’s Who Among American Women.” At Cal State Northridge she served on the Communications Studies Advisory Board and she is has been a member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors since 1997. For many years she has served on the Association’s scholarship review committee and has served in leadership positions within the Alumni Association since 2003 when she was appointed as the university’s volunteer representative on the California State University Alumni Council. She has served on the Association’s executive council as chair of advocacy and vice president and has traveled the state as the Association’s lead issues advocate joining CSUN presidents and delegations to Sacramento to meet with elected officials, encouraging lawmakers to support measures that enhance higher education. In addition to her advocacy duties on behalf of the Association she co-chairs the “Grass Tops” CSUN advocacy network with Bob Rawitch. Oschin is a recipient of a 2006 Volunteer Service Award and was recognized by CSUN and the CSU as an “Advocate of the Year” in 2010 at a ceremony in Sacramento.
As president of the Alumni Association Oschin will serve as the elected president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, an organization designed in support of CSUN on behalf of its largest constituency. She represents the Association as a member of the CSUN Foundation Board of Directors, chairs the Distinguished Alumni Awards selection committee, the Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for Volunteer Leadership, the Dean Ed Peckham Award committees and represents all CSUN alumni at formal campus convocations.