Mabel Salon

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Position Title
Interim Lead and Director of Community Relations and Local Government Relations

Government and Community Relations, Office of the Chancellor


Mabel Salon is the Interim Assistant Chancellor of Government and Community Relations for UC Davis. She leads the Government and Community Relations program which serves as the official voice of UC Davis to local, state and federal government officials and provides leadership and coordination in sustaining and expanding state and federal support for the campus, and in building community understanding, support and advocacy on behalf of UC Davis.

In addition to her interim role, she serves as the Director of Community Relations and Local Government Relations for UC Davis. She directs a comprehensive community and local government relations program for UC Davis that raises public awareness, understanding and support for the campus and its mission of research, teaching and public service. She is responsible for expanding the visibility and presence of UC Davis in the eight-county region surrounding the campus, with primary outreach in Yolo, Solano and Sacramento counties, and strategic involvement in Placer, El Dorado, Nevada, Sutter and Yuba counties.

Mabel’s guidance and leadership help the university foster positive relationships with a diverse array of external constituents. Outreach efforts extend to local, state and federal governments, business leaders, civic and community non-profit organizations, the arts and education communities, economic development groups and community opinion leaders.

She helps secure the university’s reputation as a regional asset, economic catalyst, good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen, primarily through sponsorship roles in select annual community events, committee memberships and active board member appointments. Mabel currently serves on the board of directors for the American Red Cross, the Davis Chamber of Commerce, the Davis Downtown Business Association, and the Sacramento Asian Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the CEO Council executive committee for the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities.

Prior service includes membership on the board of directors for Visit Sacramento (the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau), the Woodland Chamber of Commerce, the Woodland Opera House, the United Way Yolo County Leadership Council, the Northern California World Trade Center, the Arts & Business Council of Sacramento, and the Sacramento Theater Company. She also served as an Honorary Commander at Travis Air Force Base.

She is a graduate of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and served for two years as co-chair for the program. In January 2006, she received the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award. Mabel is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow.

In 2008, Mabel received a Chancellor’s appointment to serve as Program Director for the UC Davis Centennial with direct responsibility for the biggest impact events of the Centennial year. 

Mabel’s community relations expertise and political savvy at UC Davis stem from 15 years of service as a staff member for Congressman Vic Fazio. Mabel holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and public service from UC Davis.