York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN) is a community of graduates from York University’s School of Public Policy & Administration (SPPA). Our alumnus include public servants from all levels of government and non-profit organizations and private sector leaders. We work closely with our alumnus to promote their achievements and deliver events and programming for professional development opportunities.
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Ashley M. Cabral
I am the Chair of the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am a seasoned public policy professional with 8+ years of leadership and management experience in both the Ontario Public Service (OPS) and non-profit organizations. I am committed to service excellence and have a track record in leading strategy, change and policy and program development to achieve client-centred, outcome-focused service delivery. Along with my role in the OPS and my role in YUSPPAAN, I am Vice-Chair on the board of the Institute of Public Administration in Canada (IPAC). In addition, I have completed a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration and Certificate in Professional Ethics. I have received several awards such as the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Emerging Leader Award, 2017 and Alumni Recognition Award, 2019.
I am the Vice-Chair of the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I currently work as an Assistant Credentials Assessor at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, I worked as an Associate Law Clerk at PwC Law LLP. My professional experience also includes working as a Junior Expert at the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria and interning at the Department of Education of the Spanish Embassy in Bulgaria, and at the Diplomatic Institute of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As for my formal education, I graduated with a Master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University in 2015. I also hold a Master’s degree in International Relations (International Organizations and Multilateral Diplomacy) and a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies from Sofia University. I speak English, Spanish, French and Bulgarian. I am passionate about government and policy, more specifically in the field of higher education
Director of Finance
I am the Director of Finance for York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am a Senior Lead for Business and Fiscal Planning at Ontario's Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services where I lead the development of the ministry's multi-year plan, supports the budget process, and various strategic planning initiatives. I completed a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration from York University in 2017. I also hold a Specialized Honours B.A. in Political Economy from York University.
Director of Membership and Partnerships
I am the new Director of Membership and Partnerships of the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPAAN). My first experience with the public sector came in the year 2020 when I became a vaccine representative for Ontario Health. Given the challenges that came with Covid-19, my duties were erratic, but for the most part I assisted with the editing of Ontario Health cards and reaching out to members of the public with general questions and provided insight on initiatives the government could do to cope with the hardships caused by the pandemic. I am currently working in the City Clerk's Office for the City of Toronto in the corporate information and management services (CIMS) division. My duties within the position include the creation of policies, guidelines and mandates that govern how information is used, disclosed and collected within the city divisions and general public. I hold an Honours Bachelor of Public Administration degree from York University.
Director of Events and Programming
I am the Director of Events and Programming of the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I currently work as a Senior Program Advisor with the Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University and a Graduate I am the Director of Events and Programming of the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). Currently I work as a paralegal with a municipality that I was introduced to through a course offered through York’s School of Public Policy & Administration, AP/PPAS 4995 6.0 Practicum in Public Administration. This practicum provided me with experience in public administration, such as learning about important matters that municipalities must consider for their residents and visitors. I have over 10+ year experience working in the public sector and the private sector, including owning and operating my own firm. I am a York U graduate with an honors degree in Political Science and the Certificate in Public Policy Analysis. My experience and education have led me down the wonderful career path of law and public policy.
Director of Membership and Parnerships
I am the Director of Events and Programming of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am currently an intern for the Ontario Internship Program (OIP) with the Ontario Travel Information Services, Destination Ontario, at the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. I started working for the Ontario Public Service (OPS) as a practicum student in 2020 and helped with the implementation, development and execution of many initiatives. I have completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History and the Professional Certificate in Public Policy Analysis at York University in 2021. I also served as the President of the Public Policy and Administration Student Association (PPASA) and am the recipient of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration 2021 Undergraduate Student Award.
I am the Podcast lead for the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am a doctoral student at Carleton University. I have obtained a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University, an Honours BA in Human Rights and Equity Studies as well as a BA in Social Science. In addition, I hold certificates in French, Law and Society, Public Policy Analysis and post graduate diplomas in Democratic Administration, Ethics and Public Affairs. I have worked with all levels of government in various departments in roles relating to administration, programs, policy, and research. My research seeks to analyze the Hansard text from the House of Commons as it relates to decision making, participatory democracy specifically within the topic of Temporary Foreign Work Program’s. I focus on both legislative and regulatory advancement through the publication of reports, and media coverage.
Director of Communications
I am the Director of Communications of the York University School of Public Policy & Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I have more than 3 years of experience in the public sector. I started my career with the Ministry of Attorney General in 2018 within the criminal court division, and currently work with the Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services (MCCSS). Along with my role at YUSPPAAN and MCCSS, I am the co-chair communications lead for the Ontario Public Services Pride Network and a certified trainer for workplace inclusivity and safety within the Ontario Public Service. I am currently in the Master’s program of Public Policy, Administration, and Law (MPPAL). I have a Bachelor’s degree in English from York University (2017) and a legal studies diploma from Seneca College (2018). I am committed to justice policy, fairness, diversity, and service excellence.