Advancement and Development Staff

The Office of Strategic Advancement (OSA) oversees a range of essential services to build greater awareness of, support for, and giving to the University.  They include:

  • Alumni relations
  • Media relations
  • Communications
  • Identity and brand management
  • University publications
  • Government relations
  • Event planning
  • Fundraising and philanthropy
  • Community engagement

OSA’s integration of reputation and image with key audience engagement is a critical element of CDU’s Five-Year Strategic Plan, and it involves such activities as:

  • Cultivating important external relationships and partnerships, and creating opportunities for those partners to share and support CDU’s goals and objectives
  • Developing and overseeing community education efforts to increase understanding of CDU’s mission and community commitment
  • “Telling the CDU story” and the successes of our students, faculty, staff and research efforts
  • Educating the public on the rich history and legacy of CDU and its Mission as a “community-founded” institution
  • Building pride among students, faculty, staff and alumni
  • Increasing university funding and scholarship opportunities

Office of Strategic Advancement
Phone: (323) 357-3669
Fax: (323) 568-3339


Angela L. Minniefield, MPA
Senior Vice President, Strategic Advancement and Operations, and Chief Operating Officer
(323) 357-3669

Mia Blackwell
Executive Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Strategic Advancement & Operations and COO
(323) 563-5985

Jackie Brown
Director, University Events
(323) 563-5985


Andreh Khachaturians, MPA
Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations
(323) 563-5983

Richard Fernandez 
Major Gift Officer
(323) 563-4995

Tonya L. King
Stewardship and Operations Manager
(323) 357-3678

Andrew Alesana
Prospect Research Manager

Brenda Hernandez
Database Coordinator
(323) 563-4968

Dena LeMmons
Associate Development Coordinator
(323) 563-5833

Communications and Public Relations

Jonathan Zaleski, EdD
Director, Communications and Public Relations
(323) 563-4983

Daniel Allen
Web Administrator
(323) 563-4934

Kevin Camargo
Communications Specialist
(323) 563-5833

Marissa Wells
Communications Assistant
(323) 357-3681

Grants Management and Title III

Elisa Montano
Grants and Scholarships Manager
(323) 357-3662