Tammy Blackburn is the Director of Marketing and Communications for San Diego State University and in her 23rd year of service. Her work in marketing has garnered 5 CASE Awards and she received SDSU’s Top 25 Award, chosen by former SDSU President Stephen L. Weber.
Tammy hails from Southern California where she was born and raised in Brea, Ca. At the age of 18 she accepted an offer to study and play basketball at SDSU. She studied Communications, Journalism, Television and Film where she was involved in a variety of student organizations on campus and participated in debate and SDSU Mortar Board. She has both a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication and Journalism and a Master’s of Science.
Tammy was a member and two-year captain of the women’s basketball team from 1990-1994 and participated in the Student Athletics Advisory Council. Under her leadership, the Aztecs won two championships and played in the NCAA Tournament. During her sophomore season, Tammy received an invite to try out for Team USA Basketball. In 1994, the university and SDSU Department of Athletics named an award in her honor, The Tammy Blackburn Award, which is given annually to a student-athlete who demonstrates academic and athletic prowess.
In September 2018, Tammy founded and launched SDSU’s Wallace, Shatsky, Blackburn, Courage Through Cancer Fund to support SDSU students faced with a personal cancer diagnosis or that of a loved one. She is currently living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer, an incurable disease.
Tammy has served as a volunteer professional speaker and volunteer marketing consultant to many organizations around the United States. She moonlights as a sportscaster for CBS Sports, ESPN, and the Pac-12 Network. Her 22 years in the sports business has taken her all over the world.
Patti Roscoe, Jordan Maharaj and David Oates were her sponsors.