Meet the 2021-2022 SPAA Ambassadors
The 2021-2022 cohort of SPAA Ambassadors consists of 10 students currently enrolled in undergraduate and graduate degrees across traditional and online programs in SPAA who are earning their BA, Master of Public Administration (MPA), and Executive MPA (EMPA).
Playlist: Meet the 2021-2022 SPAA Ambassadors
Glennae Brown (BA/MPA student)
Video: Meet Glennae Brown
Glennae Brown is a graduate student currently enrolled in the 5-Year accelerated program at SPAA, and received her bachelor of arts in public and nonprofit administration with a minor in history. She strives as a SPAA Ambassador to share the positives and benefits of SPAA's programs here at Rutgers-Newark!
Shanequa Evans (MPA student)
Video: Meet Shanequa Evans
Shanequa Evans serves as the program coordinator of the Promise Youth University - Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Center (21st CCLC) at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies. Prior to joining the Cornwall Center, she served as assistant director of the Complete for Life - Nita M. Lowey 21st CCLC, and director of the Great Falls Teen Center for the New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC).
Monica Galas (MPA student)
Video: Meet Monica Galas
Monica Galas is a first-generation Afro-Latina who was born, resides, and works in Paterson. As she pursues her MPA, she is also a career counselor at the Passaic County One Stop Career Center. She assists individuals from the Paterson community who are currently receiving government assistance by guiding them to their desired occupational goals.
Chastity Gooden-Clyne (Online MPA Student)
Video: Meet Chastity Gooden-Clyne
With her MPA, Chastity Gooden-Clyne hopes to utilize her combined work history and education to have an impact on the healthcare industry by advocating for patient equality. She frequently volunteers with organizations such as The Unforgotten Haven, Camden County’s Women Center, and SERV, and is also a Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteer within Camden County.
Imani Hamm (Online MPA Student)
Video: Meet Imani Hamm
Imani Hamm was born and raised in Montclair, NJ. She started her career in politics at the office of Governor Philip D. Murphy, working in the department of intergovernmental affairs. Currently, she serves as a political director in Essex County.
Rosslin Mensah-Boateng (MPA Student)
Video: Meet Rosslin Mensah-Boateng
Mensah-Boateng is a first-generation Ghanaian American and received a BA in political science with a minor in Africana studies from Rutgers University–New Brunswick. After completing the MPA program, she plans to pursue a PhD where she will further her study of public administration and public policy implementation for underserved communities and fragmented local governments.
Samantha Roth (Online MPA Student)
Video: Meet Samantha Roth
Samantha Roth received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College in 2018 with a dual degree in political science and human rights. Her senior thesis “White Fragility in Contemporary America'' examined the evolution and transformation of systemic racism within the United States, specifically analyzing the ways in which white America maintains the pillars of white supremacy. In 2020, she began working as a paralegal for a Workers’ Compensation law firm.
Eric Solomon (Online MPA Student)
Video: Meet Eric Solomon
Eric Solomon is the institutional giving manager at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. He earned a BA in philosophy and art history from Wheaton College (MA) in 2015, and is currently enrolled in the MPA program at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration.
Yolenni Torres (BA Student)
Video: Meet Yolenni Torres
Yolenni Torres is a first-generation Afro-Latina undergraduate student at Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) majoring in public and nonprofit administration and minoring in political science. Currently, she is interning as a program coordinator for the Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District. After graduation, she wants to pursue her MPA and later work in human resources.
Jaime Velazquez (MPA Student)
Video: Meet Jaime Velazquez
Jaime Velazquez is a first-generation Educational Opportunity Fund Scholar who graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor of arts in psychology and a minor in crime and justice studies. As an undergraduate student, he was a student assistant residence director and a resident assistant, and was involved with Ramapo’s Student Government Association.