The Southern California Network

The City of Angels boasts perfect weather, limitless entertainment, and nearly 6000 community members that are up for catching coffee or a wave. The Southern California Network area hosts many events aimed at networking and lifelong learning throughout the year including DU Night Out with the Dodgers/Angels, wine tastings, community service projects, student tours of area companies, and DU hockey watch parties. The members of this group are eager to connect with you and are 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! 


Featured Volunteer Leaders

Meet Stuart Shelly

Hello! I am originally from Laguna Beach, California. My professional areas of interest include accounting and finance, optimizing capitalization of long-lived assets using off balance sheet financing tools, including the use of structured operating contracts. I am a double alum from DU, earning my bachelor’s degree in Accounting and MBA from the Daniels College of Business. I am currently enrolled in Daniels’ Executive PhD program as well. I work at a boutique private equity firm, Transitional Capital Management and teach at Colombia University. In my free time, I enjoy bike riding, skiing and tennis.  

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Annual Events

Southern California Network – Join friends, alumni, parents and students of DU for an afternoon talk and reception on “Edward Weston’s “Pure Food” Photography: Fruits and Vegetables in 1930s’ California” by Ellen Macfarlane, PhD, assistant professor of Art History, American Art and History of Photography.  

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Check out some of our annual events!
  • DU Night Out with The Dodgers/Angels
    • Annual tradition of a pregame networking reception followed by a family-friendly baseball game with the hometown team.
  • Hockey Watch Parties, SoCal Style
    • Join with DU fans at a watch party for the defending National Champion DU Hockey Team.
  • DU Wine Tasting
    • Annual tradition of sipping wines with DU alumni and friends. 
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 15-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

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.

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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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