Southern California Chapter
of the
American Society for Public Administration

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Chapter Council Members

Public administration professionals, academics and students alike are invited to apply to serve in a volunteer capacity for a two-year term on the Chapter Council. The Chapter Council leads and guides the Chapter’s efforts throughout the year while also implementing the Chapter Strategic Plan. 

2016-2017 Officers

Akiko Yamagami, President

Senior Transportation Planner, 

Southern California Assn. of Governments

E-mail Akiko




M. Urban and Regional Planning - California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

M.Sc. Global Supply Chain Management - University of Southern California

Hoan Tang, VP of Programs

Head Environmental Engineering Specialist

Los Angeles County Department of Public Works

E-mail Hoan




MPA Public Administration, Leadership and Management- California State University, Northridge

M.Sc. Environmental Studies- California State University, Fullerton
B.A. Environmental Sciences- University of California, Berkeley

Christie Bautista, Immediate Past President (2014-2016)

Hazardous Substances Scientist, 

Department of Toxic Substances Control;

Associate Faculty, University of Phoenix

E-mail Christie


Doctoral Candidate of Public Administration - University of La Verne

MPA - CSU Northridge '09

B.S. Environmental & Occupational Health - CSU Northridge '02


Basil Panas, VP of Finance

Chief Financial Officer

Southern California Association of Governments

E-mail Basil

Brett Reid, VP of Marketing and Communications

Supervisory Immigration Services Officer

US Citizenship and Immigration Services

Department of Homeland Security

E-mail Brett


MPA - University of Southern California '15

B.A. Criminology, Law, & Society and Psychology & Social Behavior - University of California, Irvine '08

Tonia Reeves Jackson, Secretary

Management Analyst,

Southern California Association of Governments

E-mail Tonia

M.A. Management - University of Redlands

B.S. Business & Management - University of Redlands

A.A. Speech Communication - El Camino Community College

A.A. Christian Studies - Los Angeles Bible Training School

2015-16 Council Members

Hugo Asencio
Assistant Professor, 
CSU Dominguez Hills

Ph.D. Public Administration and Public Policy - Auburn University

M.A. International Relations - Auburn University at Montgomery

B.A. International Studies - Auburn University at Montgomery                  

Robert Blume

Lieutenant, Professional Development Unit

LA County Sheriff's Department

E-mail Robert



MPA - CSU Los Angeles

B.A. Political Science - Pitzer College

Gerald Chavarria

Police officer

Emergency Operations Center Specialist

Los Angeles Police Department


Master of Public Administration - California State University, Northridge
Bachelor of Public Administration - University of La Verne

David Karber

Professor Emeritus, Public Administration

CSU Dominguez Hills

E-mail Dave

Ed.D. Higher Ed. Admin. & Business Mgmt - Indiana University 

M.S. Student Personnel Services - Indiana University 

B.A. Business Education - Fresno State College

Paul Hubler, Past President (2012-2014)

Director of Government and Community Relations, Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority
E-mail Paul

MPA - University of La Verne 

B.A. International Relations - Pitzer College

Jack W. Meek
Professor of Public Administration,
Director, MPA Program
University of La Verne

E-mail Jack

Ph.D. International Relations - Claremont Graduate University '80

B.A. History and Political Science - University of La Verne '75

Don Spivack

Retired, Director of Operations

Community Redevelopment Agency of
Los Angeles

E-mail Don

M.A. City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning - Yale Univ.

B.A. Architecture - University of Pennsylvania


Adrian Velazquez

Assistant Professor of Public Administration

University of La Verne

E-mail Adrian



Ph.D. - University of Texas, Dallas

MPA - University of Texas, Dallas

B.L. - Universidad de Guanajuanto 

Robert Rose

E-mail Robert

Iris Baxter

Emeritus Professor,

CSU Dominguez Hills

E-mail Iris

Ph. D. - University of Southern California

MPA - CSU Dominguez Hills 

B.S. - CSU Dominguez Hills

Josh Candelaria

Director of Governmental and Legislative Affairs - San Bernardino County

MPA – University of La Verne

B.A. Political Science – Oral Roberts University

Claudia Contreras

Debbie Dillon, Past President (2010-2012)

Deputy Executive Director of Administration,

Southern California Association of Governments

E-mail Debbie

B.A. Political Science - CSU Fullerton

Ron Fleming
Director of Transportation and Distribution Services

University of California, Irvine



MPA – University of La Verne

B.A. English – University of California, Irvine

Siggie Fox Freyss

Professor and Director, 

E-mail Siggie




Ph.D. - Claremont Graduate University

MS in Public Administration Program,
CSU Los Angeles

Elena Kulikov

Associate Professor & Chair, 

Department of Public Administration,

CSU Dominguez Hills  

E-mail Elena



Ph.D. - Syracuse University 

Rui Sun

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration,

CSU Dominguez Hills

E-mail Rui

Ph.D. Policy Studies - University of Maryland

MPA – Auburn University

M.A. International Relations – Peking University

B.A. International Relations – Peking University