Meet the Alumni Ambassadors


The goals of the MPA Alumni Ambassadors program are to (1) create a platform for participants to share their experience and knowledge of the MPA degree and certificate programs in the community; (2) promote the degree and certificate programs; (3) assist in recruiting new students; and (4) help future graduates by connecting them with alumni. Ultimately, MPA Ambassadors will help transform our alumni connection within the MPA program and SPA, as well as strengthen our partnerships with the communities that we serve.

Jerell Blenman, MPA '20 Ever Capps, MPA '14 (they/them/theirs) Elizabeth Cardenas, MPA '17 Emily Colón, MPA '14
usf-bullsCorporal Detective, Criminal Investigation Division - Temple Terrace Police Department sarah-cappsSenior Accountant elizabeth-cardenasDivision Director, Government Relations & Strategic Services - Hillsborough County emily-colonDeputy City Manager - City of Lakeland
Xavier Colon, MPA '21 Nicole Delfino, MPA '23 Cayla Duckworth, MPA '21 Chris Findley, MPA '21
usf-bullsRedevelopment Manager - Fort Myers Community Redevelopment Agency usf-bullsStrategy & Sustainability Manager - City of Dunedin usf-bullsAdmissions & Recruitment Counselor - University of South Florida usf-bullsSecurity Specialist - U.S. Department of Justice
Sane Haidara, MPA '19 Sharon Hamisak, MPA '22 Tiana Hill, MPA '22 Octavia Jarnegan, MPA '21
sane-haidaraPresident - Timbuktu Hope, Mali

usf-bullsAssistant Administrator, Board Management & Special Projects - Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

usf-bullsBusiness Operations Manager - Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority usf-bullsDirector, Customer Care - Hillsborough County Clerk of Court & Comptroller
Zoe Jenkins, MPA '18 Sean Lopez, MPA '19 Michael Manning, MPA '20 Denise McDaniel, MPA '22
zoe-jenkinsSenior Budget Analyst - Jefferson County, Colorado sean-lopezBudget & Finance Analyst - City of Olympia, Washington usf-bullsAssistant City Manager - City of Crystal River usf-bullsCommunity Services Manager - City of Plant City
Lisa Mifflin, MPA '08 Rebecca Moistner, MPA '21 Susan Obarski, MPA '14 Humayra Qadir, MPA '21
lisa-mifflinCommunity Affairs Officer, Southern District - Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
usf-bullsTransportation Planner II - City of St. Petersburg
susan-obarskiSenior Director, Project Management Office - ISPE (Dean of Ambassadors) usf-bullsAdjunct - University of South Florida
Mari Nicole Rosales, MPA '23 Alexis Searfoss, MPA '19 Johnathan Sims, MPA '18 Christina Stevens, MPA '22
usf-bullsWorkforce Readiness Coordinator - Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast alexis-searfossLegislative & Operations Associate - Corcoran Partners usf-bullsPlanner II - Polk County Board of County Commissioners usf-bullsDirector of Annual Giving - Tampa General Hospital
Okan Suler, MPA '19 Justin Tramble, MPA '16 Edgardo Valentin, MPA '18 Liz Wooten-Reschke, MPA '06
okan-sulerTreasury Controller - Ministry of Treasury & Finance, Turkey justin-trambleExecutive Director - Tampa Bay Waterkeeper usf-bullsFiscal & Business Analyst - University of South Florida liz-wootenPresident/CEO & Lead Consultant - Connect for More