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Meet the Staff

As the university’s central communications office, Public Affairs builds relationships with Cal Poly Pomona’s audiences through numerous efforts, including strategic communication, publications, branding, photographic services, social media and media relations. Our staff has earned dozens of APEX, CASE, Communicator and MarCom awards.

Esther Chou Tim Lynch
Associate Vice President for Strategic Communication and Marketing
(909) 869-4379
  • Strategic Communications
  • Executive Communications
  • University Brand Identity
  • University Spokesman
  • Marketing Communications
  • Emergency Communications
  • Advancement Communications

Esther Chou Esther Chou Tanaka
Director of Public Affairs
(909) 869-3326
  • Publications
  • Executive Communications
  • Marketing Communications
  • Semester conversion
  • Emergency communications
  • PR Roundtable

Tambra Williams Tambra Williams
Executive Assistant to the AVP for Strategic Communication and Marketing
(909) 869-3345
  • General office coordinator
  • Publications distribution

Gary Fong Gary Fong
Senior Communication Specialist
(909) 869-3346
  • Writer
  • Senior editor
  • Media Contact

Media relations and communications contact for:

  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education & Integrative Studies
  • Rose Float

Melanie Johnson Melanie Johnson
Communication Specialist
(909) 869-5331
  • CyberNews

Media relations and communications contact for:

  • College of Letters, Arts & Social Scienes
  • The Collins College of Hospitality Management
  • College of Extended University
  • Huntley College of Agriculture
  • Student Affairs
  • University Library

Michelle Magcalas Michelle Magcalas
Web Coordinator
(909) 869-4634
  • Division of University Advancement websites coordinator
  • Public Affairs websites coordinator
  • Electronic marquee programmer
  • Mass email coordinator

Ani Markarian Ani Markarian
Senior Graphic Artist
(909) 869-5439
  • Graphic design
  • Publications
  • Graphics standards and logo usage advisor

Cynthia Peters Cynthia Peters
Senior Communication Specialist
(909) 869-3501
  • Matt’s Run
  • Cal Poly Pomona Tasting & Auction
  • Semester Conversion
  • PolyUpdates
  • Cal Poly Pomona Now

Media relations and communications contact for:

  • College of Environmental Design
  • Sustainability and environmental issues
  • Rose Float
  • Univesrity rankings

Mercedes Quiroz

Mercedes Quiroz
University Web Editor
(909) 869-3292

  • University home page
  • Semester conversion
  • We are Cal Poly Pomona
  • PolyCentric

Emily Velasco Emily Velasco
Communication Specialist
(909) 869-4205
  • Writer
  • Media contact
  • Social media manager

Media relations and communications contact for:

  • Police, Parking and Campus Safety
  • Division of IT
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Science
  • Facilities and construction

Tom Zasadzinski Tom Zasadzinski
University Photographer
(909) 869-3404
  • University photographer
  • Photo archives editor
  • Photographic print sales site coordinator

In addition, several colleges and departments have communications staff members.

Don B. Huntley College of Agriculture
Dan Lee

College of Business Administration
Christopher Neprasch

College of Eduation & Integrative Studies
Carly Owens

College of Engineering
Christopher Park

College of Environmental Design
Samantha Gonzaga

College of the Extended University
Sam Carpenter

College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Vanessa Franco
Christopher Bashaw, Department of Theatre & New Dance
Teresa Kelly, Department of Music

College of Science
Juliet Hidalgo

The Collins College of Hospitality Management
Diana Garcia

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