Christine Partipilo, CSUN Class of 1982, serves as an Ambassador to the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge in History, and currently works as a Senior Technical Writer for Alcatel-Lucent Corporation.
Chris and her husband, Tony Partipilo, are unique in their service to their Alma Mater. In the University’s 50-year history, they stand alone as the only spouses to have both served as President of the Alumni Association and as officers and members of the Cal State Northridge Foundation Executive Committee and Board of Directors. In 2005, Chris and Tony both received the Dorothea "Granny" Heitz Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership in recognition of their service to CSUN.
Chris served on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for over a decade; she was elected to the first of two terms as President in 1994, following the Northridge Earthquake.
As President of the Alumni Association, Chris helped convince the University of the importance of creating a widely distributed publication to keep alumni informed and involved. In fall 1994, Northridge Alumni—a precursor to the current Northridge Magazine—was launched. The magazine was mailed to the largest alumni address distribution in the history of the campus.
Chris and the Alumni Board signed the first bank card alumni partnership for the campus, which has since generated millions of non-taxpayer dollars in support of the University. In 1996, Chris appointed a committee to draft the Alumni Association’s first strategic plan. That plan set an ambitious course for the creation of resources, the development of alumni recognition programs, the establishment of constituency chapters, the growth of staff for the Office of Alumni Relations and the enhancement of alumni association visibility on and off campus.
Together and individually, Chris and Tony have expressed their loyalty to their alma mater and have done so with great passion. The proud parents of two children, their legacy of involvement continues with their daughter, Kelsey, who is a current student at CSUN. Kelsey was recently elected VP of Finance for the Alpha Xi Delta sorority.