Staff Directory

About our Team

The San José State University Alumni Association is supported by a dynamic and caring staff that is responsive to the needs of our alumni. Additionally, students gain practical experience and put their classroom lessons to work through internships and student assistantships in our offices.

Who We Are

Brian Bates

Executive Director and Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations
408-924-6518 |
Brian joined the SJSU Alumni Association staff in January 2007 and was named a Robert Forman Fellow by the Council of Alumni Association Executives in 2010. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he is an avid fan of all Spartan sports. You may even spot him lending his voice to select Spartan baseball games as the Public Address announcer. Away from the office, Brian is a fan of live music and road trips.

April Cole

Associate Director, Student Programs and Alumni Networks
408-924-6527 |
April joined the Alumni Association team in 2012 from Indiana University Bloomington where she served as the assistant director of scholarships. Previous to her experience at IU, she worked for Florida Campus Compact as the outreach and development director. April graduated from Florida State University with a master's degree in higher education and bachelor's degree in social work. In her free time, April greatly enjoys cooking and visiting the Bay Area's endless array of beautiful spots.

Melissa Ferguson '03

Administrative Assistant
408-924-6515 |
Melissa joined the Alumni Association staff in January 2007. She is frequently the first voice you hear or first person you see when visiting our offices. A bay area native and College of Business alum, she is a fan of the outdoors -- spending some of her free time hiking, biking, and kayaking. Melissa's family game is pinochle. She was taught how to play as a child and it has become a tradition to play during the holidays.

Daan Giron '11

Director of Leadership Annual Giving
408-924-1143 |
Daan is a San José native and proud Spartan graduate. He joined our team in August 2014 as a fundraiser for campus-wide initiatives including the Alumni Association Scholarship program. Prior to joining the Alumni team, Daan worked on campus for a number of years in Economics, History and CommUniverCity. Outside the office, Daan is an avid hockey player.

Clifton Gold '05

Event Planner
408-924-6505 |
Clifton came on board in January 2011 and brings many talents to the Alumni Association. Raised in Stockton, Clifton studied both music and public relations at SJSU. Among his many talents are juggling, twisting balloon art, and cooking. He is a big fan of Cirque Du Soliel and frequently rides his bike to the office in the better weather days. Clifton says his favorite holiday is Halloween.

Christy Poole '00

Membership and Finance Coordinator
408-924-6520 |
Christy began her journey with the Alumni Association in January 2010. She has a BS in Accounting and says she never imagined finding herself back at her alma mater 10 years later doing what she absolutely loves. For fun, she enjoys being outside and hiking. Two of her greatest accomplishments have been participating in the Tri, Girl, Tri triathlon in 2006 and the Avon Breast Cancer walk in 2007, walking 39.3 miles in two days.