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Meet the Staff

As the university’s central communications office, Strategic Communications 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 Strategic Communications
(909) 869-3326
  • Publications
  • Executive Communications
  • Marketing Communications
  • Semester conversion
  • Emergency communications
  • PR Roundtable

Ismael Chinchilla Ismael Chinchilla
Digital Communication Editor
(909) 869-4205
  • Digital media editor
  • Social media collaborator
  • Writer and editor

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
  • Strategic Communications website 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
  • Cal Poly Pomona Tasting & Auction
  • PolyUpdates
  • Media Relations

Media relations and communications contact for:

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Environmental Design
  • College of Science
  • Rose Float
  • Research
  • Sustainability and Environmental Issues
  • University rankings

Mercedes Quiroz

Mercedes Quiroz
University Web Editor
(909) 869-3292

  • University Home Page
  • We are Cal Poly Pomona
  • PolyCentric
  • Social Media

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

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
Ashley Jones

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

The Collins College of Hospitality Management
Diana Garcia