CSU Alumni


Dia Poole
Dr. Cheryl-Marie Hansberger
Cal State San Bernardino
B.A. Psychology, '93

Dr. Hansberger is currently serving as the Chief of Staff for Mayor Rusty Bailey in the City of Riverside. In this role, she is responsible for the operations of the Mayor’s office, from strategy through evaluation. Prior to working for the city, Dr. Hansberger served as the Vice President of Corporate Development for Delcan, an international engineering firm, where she provided leadership for a variety of functional areas, including marketing, communications, human resources and strategic planning. Dr. Hansberger also possesses eight years of experience in higher education administration and serves as an adjunct faculty member in Brandman University’s Ed.D. program. Dr. Hansberger is passionate about mentoring first generation and low income students, which is one of her primary drivers for her continued involvement with the CSU system. Dr. Hansberger is married to a Cal Poly Pomona alumnus and they own and operate six franchised restaurants.

My Story, My CSU

  • My fondest college memory
    During my time at CSUSB, our women’s basketball team was playing a key game against Cal Poly Pomona at their campus. In the final seconds of the game, one of our ladies put up a shot from half court to tie the game. Despite being the underdogs, the Coyotes were able to win the game in overtime. We were so incredibly proud of our team.
  • My favorite professor
    As a first generation college student, the support of the faculty and staff was instrumental in my journey. Many quality, deeply committed professionals influenced my success. Perhaps the most instrumental was Cheryl Stout, my financial aid coordinator. During my first term my financial aid was falling apart. Ms. Stout took an interest in my situation and was able to help me overcomes some sizable barriers. From that point forward, she served as one of my guardian angels. Without her, I would not have made it past that first month of school.
  • My first job out of college
    I was blessed to work as an executive fellow under Governor Pete Wilson. This job provided me with great insight as to how interconnected government, the private sector and education are and allowed me to develop vital skills and a world-class network.
  • My proudest accomplishment
    Sharing in the graduation ceremonies of my family members that have also graduated from the CSU system. It's a really humbling experience to know that you broke the barrier for your family, a gift that gives for generations to come.