Meet the Directors


Our directors are second-year Master of Public Policy candidates at the School of Public Policy and Governance.

Laura Asta, Client Relations

Laura completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy at Western University and is now pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy & Governance (SPPG). During her first year at SPPG, Laura was a policy consultant for the Toronto South Local Immigration Partnership. Her team completed a jurisdictional scan, literature scan and interviews with key stakeholders to develop  a feasibility study of community benefit agreements in the Toronto area.

Most recently, Laura was a policy co-op student in the Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs at Cabinet Office in the government of Ontario. In this position, she supported and advised the Premier’s Office for the Council of the Federation Summer Meeting with Canada’s 13 premiers. Laura is very excited to support the important work of local not-for-profits organizations as a Client Relations Director for the Public Good Initiative.

 

Sarah D’Onofrio, Internal Relations

Sarah is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, where she studied Political Science, Canadian Studies and French.

Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Sarah worked on management policy at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat. As a past policy consultant with the Public Good Initiative, she helped to produce a governance structure and internal management policies for 4Rs Youth Movement, a youth-led organization targeted at fostering Indigenous reconciliation. Most recently, she worked on international economic policy at Global Affairs Canada.

Sarah’s policy and research interests include intergovernmental relations, international affairs, and Indigenous governance.

 

Alexandra Izgerean, Client Relations

Alexandra is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in International Development and Environmental Studies at Trent University.

In her first year at the School of Public Policy and Governance, Alexandra was a policy consultant with the Public Good Initiative for Dignitas International. She helped create a Community Readiness Assessment Tool in partnership with Sioux Lookout Health Authority. Further, she completed a literature review to assist in scaling up Dignitas International’s Indigenous Health Partner Program to train community health workers in diabetes prevention management and support.

Prior to joining the School of Public Policy and Governance, Alexandra conducted an evaluation for two immigration integration program for the Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigration and Integration. She also worked closely with an Indigenous activist group in Ecuador.

This summer Alexandra was an evaluation intern with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. In this position, she was part of a team researching questions related to the Indian Act and self-government, as well as assisting in moving the department toward the Policy on Results with performance measurement and indicator development.

 

Kristen Young, Operations 

Kristen is a second year Master of Public Policy candidate at the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at Western University, specializing in political science.

In her first year at the School of Public Policy and Governance, Kristen was a policy consultant with the Public Good Initiative. She helped created a strategic business plan for social enterprise for CultureLink, a not-for-profit that facilitates the settlement of newcomers in Toronto.

Kristen has spent her summer working with the federal government at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, as an Funding Services and Evaluation Intern. In this position, she collaborated with twelve other students to produce an evaluation report researching questions related to the Indian Act and self-government for First Nation communities, as well as supported the daily activities of the Funding Services directorate.