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ASPA is the largest and most prominent professional association in American public administration. ASPA has a diverse membership of approximately 8,000 practitioners, academicians and students. 


It is an advocate for greater effectiveness in government, agents of goodwill and professionalism, publishers of democratic journalism at its very best, purveyors of progressive theory and practice and providers of global citizenship. 



Mission Statement

ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that:

  • Advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration.

  • Promotes the value of joining and elevating the public service profession.

  • Builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally.

  • Provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values.

  • Achieves innovative solutions to the challenges of governance

 ASPA’s four core values are:

  • Accountability and Performance

  • Professionalism

  • Ethics and

  • Social Equity

We live out these values through a variety of resources available to members throughout the year. More information please check out:  http://www.aspanet.org/ 



ASPA provides an opportunity for all public administrators to meet and network within Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. ASPA IE provides networking luncheons, workshops, seminars, and an annual awards ceremony.
Code of Ethics
Since 1984, ASPA has promoted a commitment to high standards of ethical practice by public servants. The Code of Ethics was revised in 2013 and the Ethics and Standards Implementation Committee (Ethics Committee) was established in 2014. The Code of Ethics presents the key principles that public servants should advance. Its educational and review activities support the ethical behavior of members, and hold public administrators accountable for adhering to these principles.
Four Core Values
ASPA’s four core values are:
Accountability and Performance
Ethics and
Social Equity

We live out these values through a variety of resources available to members throughout the year.
Student Resources
Check out the great student resources ASPA has to offer!
Our Professional Awards
Check out some of our past award winners on our Facebook page!
Our Events
Ever wonder what ASPA is about and what it can do for you? Check out some of the fun events we host. We can't wait to meet you!
Our Board Members
Be sure to check out our Board Member Profiles and the amazing work they do.
Get Involved
Get Involved! Volunteer to help at one of our many events. We would love to have you on board!
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Current Events:

Be sure to check back at a later date for details on our monthly luncheons for 2019!

February 2019:

HR Forum

(see details below)

March: City Manager Forum

April: Public Safety Forum

June: Awards Banquet 


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Emma Perez-Singh

Current Secretary, Past President 2017-2018, Past Vice President 2016-2017

As a Veterinary Services Operation Chief for the County of Riverside I manage a veterinary staff who are located at 4 municipal animal shelters across Riverside County and ensure all operations run smoothly in accordance with State and local laws, County policies, and Department policies.


MA Public Administration, CalBaptist University

BA Political Science, CalBaptist University


ASPA's mission really embodies my "why" for being actively involved for so many years.  I.E. ASPA really does elevate the public service profession and provides networking and professional development opportunities locally.

Board Member, 2008-current

Membership Chair, 2008-2010

Secretary, 2010-2012

President Elect, 2014-2015

Ed Thomas

Event Liason, Board Member

Ed Thomas holds a Master’s Degree from California State University San Bernardino in Public Administration. He is a Former United States Marine; Former Election Coordinator Riverside County, Riverside, California; Former District Public Relations Officer, Toastmasters International; Former District Division Director, Toastmasters International.

He received his Certification for Elections/Registration Administrator from Auburn University and he is a Life Time Achievement Award recipient from California State University San Bernardino.

He serves on the ASPA Awards and Scholarship Committee and has been a member of the Inland Empire Chapter of the  American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) since 1999, and is a Past President.

He is a Toastmasters International Club President; Income Tax Preparer and Advisor; and a resident of Riverside, California since 1984.

Shontel Zamora, MPA

President 2019-2021

As the Information Services Manager at CSUSB I ensure that the interest of the university and the parking policy are maintained. Specifically, I manage the day-to-day operations of the CSUSB Information Services Department. As the lead manager I am responsible for all matters related to staffing and area operations, in addition to special event coordination and maintaining accurate department accounting records.


B.A. in Political Science
B.A. in Criminal Justice with a minor in Pre-Law
Paralegal Certificate

ASPA is important because not only does the organization provides many great benefits to public professionals, but it also provides great resources to students pursuing a career in the public sector. ASPA highlights the importance of working with good ethical conduct and integrity. The organization strives to help professionals by providing network opportunities and getting them involved in their local community. Through ASPA, professionals will also gain exposure to major public service issues and can utilize resources such as education, training, technical assistance, and research. ASPA also helps students and those looking to enter into the public sector field by providing resources and scholarships.

University Police Professional Staff Member of the Year for 2015

Board Member 2015-Present

Ya (Anna) Ni

Current Treasurer, Board Member

Anna Ya Ni is an associate professor and the Research Director of Public Administration at California State University, San Bernardino. She was a visiting scholar of the Institute of Governance at KU Leuven in 2015. Anna worked for a Foreign Trade and Economic Development Agency in China and a global biochemical corporation from 1993 to 1999. She received a LL.B. from University of International Relations in China, an M.S. and a MPA from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. of Public Administration from Syracuse University.  Her research interests center on information assurance, innovation adoption, outsourcing, public-private partnerships, and organizational effectiveness.

Elizabeth Gibbs

Current Vice President 2019-2021, Board Member

Elizabeth M Gibbs currently works as the Community Services Director at City of Beaumont. She is an experienced public administrator with a demonstrated history of transformational leadership. She is skilled in budgeting, management, Risk Management, Labor Relations, and Organizational and Leadership Development. Elizabeth has also received her MPA from CBU. 

Maroun El-Hage, PE

Website Coordinator, Board Member

Maroun is a licensed Professional Civil Engineer in the State of California, and currently serves as a Principal Civil Engineer at the Eastern Municipal Water District, in Perris. To achieve organizational goals, Maroun collaborates with stakeholders, develops new policies and procedures, provides staff training and coaching, and maintains an effective operation through continuous and innovative improvements.



Maroun holds the following degrees:

Master of Public Administration

Master of Science in Civil Engineering

Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering



While ASPA provides networking and professional development opportunities, Maroun’s involvement with ASPA stems from his desire to utilize his acquired learning in the MPA program to help advance the ieASPA’s core values. Maroun’s areas of interest in public administration include inspiring and visionary leadership, proactive agility, performance excellence, stakeholder engagement, and accountability.

Sharon Pierce

Board Member

Sharon Velarde Pierce is an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino.  She earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership from California State University, San Bernardo.  She has over twenty years as a K-12 school administrator and most recently, in higher education.  Her research focuses on the experiences of women in public administration and the experiences of first-generation college students.  As an educator, she is committed to public service and building a supportive learning environment for her students.

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ASPA provides an opportunity for all public administrators to meet and network within Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. ASPA IE provides networking luncheons, workshops, seminars, and an annual awards ceremony.

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