Dr. Sakaki was Vice President of Student Affairs at the University of California, Office of the President before being selected as the 7th president of Sonoma State University. She has also served as Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs at UC Davis and Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs at Fresno State. She has dedicated her career to higher education and to developing, leading and implementing best practices in access, affordability, inclusion and diversity, and student success. She is a double alumna of the CSU, having earned both Bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Master’s in Educational Psychology from CSU East Bay. She also holds her Ph.D. in Education from UC Berkeley.