Gizel Avina is assistant director of alumni relations and development at Claremont Graduate University. In her role, she works with the Office of Alumni Engagement in various alumni programs and events and the Office of Development & External Relations in engagement initiatives for all constituents of the university and community members.

Avina has been the assistant director of alumni relations & development since May 2019. She has been at Claremont Graduate University since August 2018 working as advancement associate, where she assisted both the Office of Development & External Relations and the Office of Marketing & Communications. Prior to working at CGU, Avina was the Museum Store & Guest Services Coordinator for the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona and a residential advisor and tutor for Cal Poly Pomona’s Upward Bound, part of that institution’s Pre‐College Institute/TRIO Programs.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in leadership from California State University, San Bernardino, and a bachelor’s degree in art history from University of La Verne.