The Bay Area Network

Whether you cross Golden Gate or Bay Bridge or drive the 101, The Bay Area boasts 4500 community members to welcome you to NoCal. This expansive network annually hosts DU hockey watch parties in multiple locations that are convenient wherever you live. The DU Night out with the Giants or A’s is a regular occurrence as well as the annual Bay Area Alumni Golf Tournament during Alumni Weekend and the annual community service project. The DU Bay Area Network is eager to connect with you and is open to alumni, parents, current students, and friends of DU. Connect with your Network Leaders below or reach out to your staff liaison to learn how to get more connected. We can’t wait to hear from you! 

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Featured Volunteer Leaders

Meet Chris Florez

Hello DU Friends! My name is Chris, I graduated from DU in ’19 from our DCB. As a student, I helped found our 1GenU community, DU Student Foundation, and also participated in Club Sports! Coming home to the Bay Area has been nothing short of amazing and I cannot wait to meet all you new friends! I currently live in San Jose with my partner Allie our two wonderful dogs, Artie and Milo.

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Meet Jared Casner

Hello! I recently cofounded Blacksmith InfoSec where we built a simple SaaS application to help SMBs get their security program started. Prior to this, I was the CTO at Trayt Health. Outside of work, I volunteer with DU,  the local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and the Cub Scouts. I am very into sports, both as a player and as a coach for my kids' soccer, basketball, and softball teams. I graduated from DU in ’04 and received my MBA from CU in '08. I live in the Bay Area with my wife Lisa and our 2 daughters.  

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Meet Lindsay Rodgers

Hello all! I graduated with my MAcc degree from DU and am a CPA. I am currently the Accounting Manager for threadUp her in the Bay Area, which I have called home for the past few years. I enjoyed my time as a DU student and enjoy giving back through serving as a Bay Area Network Leader and a Cat Caretaker. Whether you are new to the Bat Area or been here for over 30 years, always up to connect as this city has one of the strongest DU Networks. 

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Annual Events

DU Day at the Ballpark-San Francisco Giants

Sunday July 28. Meetup at 11:00AM. First Pitch at 1:05PM

It’s time for the annual summer tradition of DU Day at the Ballpark! We are delighted to be at Oracle Park as the San Francisco Giants take on the Colorado Rockies. It is also Jung Hoo Lee Bobblehead Day. Come join your fellow alumni, parents, incoming and returning students, and friends for an afternoon of fun and reconnecting.

Your ticket gets you DU discounted admission for this highly sought after game which includes a splash credit for your personal use. We are excited to use this opportunity to showcase the tremendous Bay Area Network for the University of Denverallowing this community to better connect. 

Details for meet up and registration here:

Check out some of our annual events below!

  • DU Day Out at the Ballpark  
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown team.
  • DU Athletics Watch Parties, Bay Area Style
    • Join DU Fans at a watch party for your favorite DU athletics team.
  • Bay Area Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament 
    • Annual tradition of swinging clubs and sipping wines with DU alumni and friends during Alumni Weekend. 
View all events here
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Staff Leader

Meet Brent Thompson

Director of Regional Engagement

Brent helps guide strategy and execute engagement efforts of all alumni, families, parents and friends across the country and in select international networks as well as develops a programmatic portfolio for the regions in collaboration with Denver-based advancement team. Brent's goal is to create a culture of lifelong engagement and volunteerism among constituents in the regional markets and networks that builds our pipeline for campaign philanthropy and long-term engagement for the University's Global Network. 

Brent has served in a number of different roles throughout his 17-year career in higher education for the University of Oklahoma, University of Texas system and now with the University of Denver. He is also adjunct faculty for the Executive Education in Daniels. Brent has worked in several different capacities including employer relations, career development, accreditation, and alumni engagement. Brent is a proud University of Denver and University of Oklahoma graduate and his entire wardrobe is crimson!

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Meet Ross Williams

Senior Director of Development, Western Region

Ross Williams joined the DU Advancement team as a Regional Director of Development in February of 2022, focusing on growing philanthropic partnerships with our partners in the western states. Ross looks forward to learning more about our alumni and friends from across the west in the coming months and years ahead. He leads the Regional Development team and its philanthropic strategy.

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Connect With Us


If you want to share your time and talent in any way outside mentoring and networking, check out VolunteerDU at This portal is a menu of volunteer opportunities and your open door to engage with the DU community. Choose from a variety of one-off and ongoing projects that are meaningful to you.  

The DU Career Network allows you to connect with DU students and alumni for mentoring and career networking. Share your expertise with those pursuing similar professional interests by joining

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