MPA & MPP Student Organizations

There are two Student Organizations associated with the School of Government and Public Policy's Master of Public Administration/Master of Public Policy programs:

  • PASA


The University of Arizona ICMA chapter was founded in 2017 as a student affiliate of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

Our purpose is to connect students who have an interest in local government to networking and professional development opportunities.  We do this through sponsoring student attendance as state, regional, and national conferences; partnering with local municipalities for experiential opportunties; and hosting events where students can connect with the community.

In 2019, UA ICMA won 2nd place in the ICMA Best Chapter Event contest.  We were recognized for our efforts in co-hosting Ignite 520 with Tucson Young Professionals.  We will be working with them on the same event this year.

  • Krista Devlin, President
  • Sarah Denman, Vice-President
  • Houston Engelke, Communications Chair
  • Ray Friedlander, Recruitment Chair

Vacant Position: Treasurer


  • Access to job ads in the weekly Leadership Matters Newsletter and in the ICMA Job Center
  • Free complementary subscription to ICMA webinars
  • An online subscripton to Public Management Magazine
  • Access to the members-only online discussion groups: ICMA Connect
  • Membership in the ICMA Student Chapters Facbeook group


We love SGPP Alumni!  There are a number of ways for alumni to support the UA ICMA chapter.  These include:

  • Donations
  • Sponsorships
  • Internship/shadowing opportunities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Alumni Board
  • Mentorship

Contact us at if you would like to support or join the UA ICMA Chapter!

  • President: Amanda Bruno (2019-20), Melissa Mata (2020-22), Bethany Kasprzyk (2022-23)
  • Vice-President: Jeremy Thompson (2019-20), Leila Castro (2020), Stephanie Soto (2021-22)
  • Treasurer: Mackenzie Letcher (2019-20); Robbie Habtetsion (2020-21), Bethany Kasprzyk (2021-22), Lukas Holmberg (2022-23)
  • Communications Chair: Niya Tawachi (2019-20), Paki Rico (2020-22), Krista Devlin (2022-23)
  • Recruitment Chair: Angel Galindo (2019-20), Stephanie Soto (2020), Leila Castro (2021), Laureana Jones (2022-23)


The mission of the Public Affairs Student Association (PASA) is "to advance the values and goals of the University of Arizona Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy programs through professional networking, service learning, social interaction and student feedback.”

From graduation to community service projects, PASA strives to build community within its associated programs, and further enhance the professional development of its graduate students through networking opportunities to reflect the values of the Masters of Public Administration and Public Policy programs.

  • Kennedy Van Norman, President
  • Claire Miller, Vice President
  • Priya Jandu, Communications Chair
  • Alex Acuna, Treasurer
  • Anais Ruiz, First-Year Representative


  • Professional Development
  • Leadership in Action
  • Networking & Mentorship connections
  • Free student membership to Association of Public Policy & Management (APPAM)
  • SGPP Textbook Scholarship each semester
  • Membership in the PASA Facbeook group


Feel free to check out our social media accounts!

Questions regarding PASA events? Contact


  • Kyle Della Giustina (2023)
  • Tony Campbell (2022)
  • Ryan Wuest (2021-2022)
  • Amanda Bankston (2020-2021)
  • Amanda Bruno (2019-2020)
  • Brendan Lyons (2018-2019)


  • Erika Burkhart (2023)
  • Sarah Konishesky (2021-2022)
  • Gavriel Aryeh (2020)
  • Mario Butler (2018-2019)


  • Kennedy Van Norman (2023)
  • Kyle Della Giustina (2022)
  • Ariana Montes (2021-2022)
  • Ryan Wuest (2020-2021)
  • Caroline Dudas (2019-2020)
  • Michael Newman (2018-2019)

Communications Chair

  • Missy Love (2022-2023)
  • Katerina Retwaiut (2020-2022)
  • Matthew Rash (2019-2020)
  • Mackenzie Riley (2018-2019)

Alumni Chair

  • Erika Burkhart (2022-2023)
  • Rebecca Perrera (2020-2022)
  • Kadeen Mansor (2018-2019)

Other Student Clubs and Organizations

GPSC is an organization run by graduate and professional students that provides grants, events, social opportunities, and advocacy to graduate and professional students at the University of Arizona.

Visit GPSC

The responsibilities of a GPSC Members include (but are not limited to):

  • Attending meetings and providing reports on current events
  • Bringing constituent proposals before the GPSC General Council
  • Serving on GPSC Internal Committees and University Committees
  • Participating in and informing constituents about GPSC related activities and events
  • Conducting meetings with students and administrators from the representative’s constituent unit

If you are interested in filling a vacancy, simply complete a GPSC Nominating Petition. You will need to garner signatures from 10 (or more) Graduate or Professional Students within the college you are seeking to represent. Please note that this commitment/opportunity is accompanied by a $1,000 stipend (prorated by months of service), to be paid out four times throughout the academic year. Moreover, it is a real and meaningful chance to improve the lives of our colleagues on campus.

For more information, please visit the GPSC Elections Website. Don’t hesitate to email for additional questions.

Additionally, there are many on campus clubs and programs that you are welcome to participate in during your tenure as a graduate student at the University of Arizona. 

ASUA Directory of On-Campus Clubs