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Elsa Romero Gives Back to SDSU

Elsa Romero

Elsa Romero (’97, accountancy) is one proud Aztec.

She’s also grateful to San Diego State for providing her with an education that allowed her to pursue a career she loves and she’s showing her gratitude in a big way: She is the newly elected president of SDSU’s Alumni Association and her goal is to get more Aztec Alumni involved in the organization.

“I wanted to give back to my university in more forms than just writing a check,” said Romero. “I took the position as president of the Alumni Association because it was important to me to be a part of promoting SDSU to others since I strongly believe that SDSU offers its students a high quality education.”

Serving the Community

Romero has always heeded the call to be of service. The Imperial Valley native came to SDSU to “major in a social science since I wanted to be in a profession where I could make a difference in other people’s lives,” she said. After three semesters she decided she had more talent for numbers than psychology, so she enrolled in the accountancy program.

I wanted to give back to my university in more forms than just writing a check.

As an accounting major, Romero found that she could still pursue her goal of serving others. “One of my accounting professors, Dr. Bob Cappettini, taught me that to be successful in the accounting profession, you had to be willing to serve the needs of your clients,” she said. “This was a great incentive for me to work in accounting since serving others was a true passion for me.”

Romero landed a job with a CPA firm prior to her graduation from SDSU in 1991 and has been in the public accounting industry ever since. She currently works at AKT CPAs and Business Consultants in Escondido, California and, true to her passion, she serves clients in the nonprofit sector.

One of my accounting professors, Dr. Bob Cappettini, taught me that to be successful in the accounting profession, you had to be willing to serve the needs of your clients.

Getting Involved with SDSU

Since community service is important to Romero, she joined the SDSU Alumni Association and served for three years as the vice president of finance for the association. In July 2014, she was elected president of the organization. Her main objective for the association is to get more alumni involved with their alma mater. “We have over 300,000 alumni of which only approximately 7500 are SDSU Alumni Lifetime Members,” she said. “This is unbelievable to me, considering how great SDSU is as a university. The Alumni Association is the best vehicle to reach out and engage our alumni and I want to be a part of that outreach goal.”

Advice to Today’s SDSU Student

As a successful Aztec alumna, Romero believes that staying in touch with other SDSU alumni is an important tool to accomplish career objectives. When asked her advice to the current crop of SDSU students, she said: “On your path to achieving your education at a great university like SDSU, remember to take some time to have fun and seek opportunities to engage with other alumni. You never know when you could make a valuable connection with someone that could help you after graduation.”

On your path to achieving your education at a great university like SDSU, remember to take some time to have fun and seek opportunities to engage with other alumni.
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The Fowler College of Business Administration is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business