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Michele Gendreau
Director, Food and Beverage, Disney California Adventure Park

Cal Poly Pomona

B.S. Hospitality Management (1983)
  • She is responsible for Strategy, Growth and Revenue Initiatives for the Food & Beverage Operations as well as integrating training, development and technology in support of operation teams.
  • Her career with Disney began in 2006 when she became the director of concept and product development at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
  • Leads 2,900 cast members in the handling of all the food and beverage needs of visitors at Disney California Adventure.
  • Prior to joining Disney, worked for Spartan Shops, Inc. at San José State University overseeing residential dining, catering, vending and 13 retail restaurants servicing more than 29,000 students.
  • Joined the Cal Poly Rose Float program in her first quarter and it was the start of a life-changing experience. Quickly moved into a role as a student leader with the program, remaining an active member until graduation.
  • Remains connected with Cal Poly's Rose Float program as a Board member on the Cal Poly Rose Float Alumni Association working with students each year to produce an award winning Tournament of Roses parade float.

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