Inland Empire Chapter

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: 



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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ASPA events are a fun, engaging way to network with other professionals in the field of Public Administration.

All Luncheon events are $25 for advanced registration, or $30 at the door.

While Zoom conferences are free, we appreciate your donations in support of our scholarship fund:

Donations can be offered in the box next to the event-registration below.  

You may request a refund of any luncheon fees paid, provided that it is at least five business days prior to the event. No refunds will be given after this time. If you need to request a refund, please send an email to

Current Events:

Current Event:

Annual City Manager Forum

September 24, 2020

11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

ZOOM Conference

Upcoming Events

October 22, 2020: Public Safety Forum 

January 2021: University Presidents Forum

February 2021: Human Resources Forum

March 2021: Public Admin./ Economics

April 2021: Employee Engagement / Conflict Resolution

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Elizabeth Gibbs

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

President-Elect (2019-2021) & 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.

Emma Perez-Singh

Current Secretary, Past President (2017-2019), 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.

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.

Kari Mendoza

Board Member

Kari Mendoza holds a Master’s Degree from CSUSB in Public Administration and also graduated from Peace Officer Standards and Training, Law Enforcement Command College.  She spent twenty years in Police Civilian Management and is currently the Administrative Services Director for the City of Beaumont handling Human Resources, Payroll, Risk Management and Information Technology for the City.   She currently serves as the Executive Director for the Eastern Riverside County Inter-operable Communications Authority a Joint Powers Authority for a regional communications system. 

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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