Paul Berumen has been appointed director for local government relations with ASU's Office of Public Affairs.
Berumen, who joined the university in 2005, formerly was director of community outreach and oversaw the Newly Elected Officials Program, Sneakers Tours, the Cesar E. Chavez programs and Hispanic Convocation.
In his new position, Berumen will be responsible for managing local government relations with cities, towns and counties. He will be working directly with elected officials, their staffs and affiliated organizations like the Arizona City/County Management Association (ACMA) and League of Arizona Cities and Towns to better connect ASU to the many communities across the Valley.
Steve Miller, deputy vice president for the Office of Public Affairs, says Berumen was the perfect person for the new position.
“Paul is very familiar with our operations and also has extensive experience with municipalities, city issues and working with neighborhoods,” Miller says. “He is a very good fit, and we feel fortunate to have him.”
As a first step, Berumen says he has just finished participating in the annual League of Cities and Towns Conference, “and we are developing a strategic plan to outline our goals and objectives for the year.”
Before joining ASU, Berumen spent seven years working for the mayor's office in Phoenix. He also worked as neighborhood outreach coordinator for Mesa's Neighborhood Services. He is a member of the ACMA.