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

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:
Homeless And Housing Webinar
February 29, 2024

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting, via ZOOM

(Zoom link will be sent to registrants
on the week of the event) 

Future Events:
Mar 28, 2024: Non-Profit Organizations
April 25, 2024: Human Resources Forum
May 23, 2024: TBD
Jun 27, 2024: Annual Awards & Scholarship Banquet

Register Below:

Current Event Registration:
as of 2/22/2024, noon time, IE ASPA’s web page reached its maximum capacity (of 100) for event-registrations.
Therefore, please DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REGISTER through our web page.
Instead, just reply to by providing your name and your organization’s name. A zoom link will be sent to you shortly thereafter.
Thank you for your understanding.   

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Sharon Pierce

President (2023-2024)

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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.

Kandy Liu

President-Elect (2023-2024)

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Kandy Liu is currently the Internal Auditor at California State University, San Bernardino. She is a certified government auditing professional with over nine years of public sector experience, specializing in performance audits. Kandy holds a Master of Public Administration degree, with concentration in Public Financial Management from California State University, San Bernardino, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business Administration from University of California, Riverside. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors, American Society for Public Administration and currently serves as Treasurer for Pi Alpha Alpha’s CSUSB Chapter. Kandy is dedicated to ethical public service and is passionate about helping organizations meet their objectives.

Emma Perez-Singh
Secretary, and Past President

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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

Ya (Anna) Ni



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

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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. 

Ed Thomas

Event Liaison, and Past President

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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.

Vacant Position
Board Member


Vacant  Position.

Maroun El-Hage, PE
Board Member, and Past President


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.

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 and excellence in Public Service. 

(Vacant Position)
Board Member



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