Jennifer Coffman, Chief Deputy and Chief of Staff
Jennifer Coffman serves as the chief deputy clerk, and Clerk Fowler’s chief of staff. Jennifer serves as the administrative arm of the clerk’s office, working to advance the Clerk’s vision of an open, honest and transparent municipal government by ensuring the preparation and maintenance of records pertaining to the business conducted by Common Council members. She also serves as the fiscal officer and oversees all personnel and Human Resource related activities for the Clerk’s Office and the Common Council.
Jennifer earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Manchester University, where she studied political science and history. She earned a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, with a concentration in Public Management.
In 2015, Jennifer returned to her alma mater, Manchester University, to teach classes focused on American national politics and public policy. She previously managed campaigns at the congressional and municipal levels, where she oversaw strategy, fundraising, media relations, and community involvement in South Bend and the surrounding area.
Alkeyna Aldridge, Deputy and Director of Policy
Alkeyna Aldridge serves as the deputy clerk and director of policy. Alkeyna oversees the legal compliance processes, legislative policy management, and serves as Outreach Coordinator of the Clerk’s office.
Born and raised in South Bend, Alkeyna graduated from Washington High School before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a minor in education, schooling, and society at the University of Notre Dame.
Alkeyna previously served as assistant director for Outreach Engagement Recruitment and advisor for Upward Bound at the University of Notre Dame. She also served as a JAG specialist at the South Bend Career Academy, furthering the development of the South Bend community and its residents by working to increase educational equity and access. She currently serves on the Near Northwest Neighborhood, Inc. Board of Directors and is an active volunteer with the MADE Men program.
Joe Molnar, Ordinance Violation Bureau
Joe Molnar serves as the ordinance violations bureau clerk. Joe is accountable to the City Clerk for all Ordinance Violation transactions and functions governed under City Municipal and State Code. He processes and collects payment for tickets issued by all departments and individuals commissioned in the City.
Born and raised in South Bend, Joe graduated from Marian High School before earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Saint Francis, Fort Wayne, with a double major in Political Science and American History. While attending USF, Joe served as student body President and founded USF’s chapter of Democracy Matters, a student group focused on campaign finance reform.
Joe was hired as the Ordinance Violations Bureau Clerk after serving as the city council secretary and Clerk’s executive assistant, providing administrative and paralegal support to the Clerk and Council.
Graham Sparks, City Clerk Secretary/Executive Assistant
Graham Sparks serves as secretary to Clerk Fowler and the South Bend Common Council. Graham is responsible for enabling an efficient relationship between Clerk Fowler, the Common Council, and the citizens of South Bend.
Graham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. During his collegiate journey, Graham served as a Residence Advisor and Vice President for the student body.
Though being born in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Graham was eight when his family moved to New Zealand. Upon returning to the States, Graham spent his middle school and high school years in Rochester, Minnesota. He is a proud product of the American Legion Boys State and Boys Nation programs and is honored to be serving in municipal government.