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Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN)

York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN) is a a community of graduates from York University’s School of Public Policy and 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.

Career Support

Get help with resume and cover letter writing, interview practice and mentoring.

Alumni Recognition

We will showcase your successes and promotions. 

Learning and Professional Development

Get help with obtaining admission to conferences and lectures,  membership to professional associations and skills upgrade and training.

Events and
Programming

Access to diverse roster of events and job shadowing opportunities.

Partnerships

Have a great idea? Partner with us to bring it to life. We collaborate with public, private, and non profit organizations to give you opportunities.

Meet The Team!

YUSPPAAN Chair Ashley Cabral

Ashley M. Cabral

Chair

I am the Chair of the York University School of Public Policy and 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 and Administration Emerging Leader Award, 2017 and Alumni Recognition Award, 2019.

YUSPPAAN Vice-Chair Wazhma Rahimzay

Wazhma Rahimzay

Vice-Chair

I am the Vice-Chair of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN) and a core member of Women Regional Network (WRN). With over 15 years in both public and private sectors, I have experience in program and project management, professional capacity building, research and coordination at the national and international levels. As a passionate individual for women empowerment, I served as an advocate to enhance women's education rights and access to justice in Afghanistan. I have a master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a bachelor's degree in International Development Studies.

Andrew Farah

Director of Finance

I am the Director of Finance for York University School of Public Policy and 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. 

YUSPPAAN Director of Communications Romina Chencheva

Romina Chencheva

Director of Communications

I am the Director of Communications of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I am currently working as an Associate, Canadian Business Immigration Law Clerk at PwC Law LLP. Prior to joining PwC Law, I accumulated significant international experience such as working as a Junior Expert at the Economic and Social Council of Bulgaria and interning at the Department of Education of the Spanish Embassy 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 with minors in Spanish and European Law. I speak English, Spanish, French and Bulgarian. I am passionate about government and policy, more specifically in the field of education.

YUSPPAAN Director of Events and Programming Joana Jabson

Joana Jabson

Director of Events and Programming

I am the Director of Events and Programming of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPPAAN). I currently work as a Senior Program Advisor with the Mental Health and Addictions Unit, Operational Support Division at the Ministry of the Solicitor General. I started working for the Ontario Public Sector as a summer student in 2017 and took on different roles focused on program design, implementation, evaluation and strategic support. I have completed a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) from York University and a Graduate Diploma in Justice System Administration in 2020. I was also the Vice-President of the 2019-20 of the Graduate Students’ Association of Public Policy, Administration and Law (GSAPPAL) Executive Committee and received the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Graduate Student Award in 2020.

YUSPPAAN Director of Membership and Partnerships Alyssa Offenheim

Alyssa Offenheim

Director of Membership and Partnerships

I am the Director of Membership and Partnerships of the York University School of Public Policy and Administration Alumni Network (YUSPAAN). I have more than 6 years of experience in the public sector, during which time I have contributed to policy analysis, research, project management, and program administration. I am currently completing a summer co-op as a Policy Analyst with the Accountability Policies Unit, Planning and Performance Division at the Treasury Board Secretariat. Prior to this, I was an intern at the Regional Municipality of York. I have completed a master’s degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law (MPPAL) and a bachelor’s degree in public administration with honours and a specialization in management.