Meet the team

Meet the team

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Michael Donnelly

Associate Professor
Director, Professional Masters Programs
E: mj.donnelly@utoronto.ca

As the faculty director of the MGA and MPP programs, Michael has academic oversight of the program, providing leadership and direction for the Master of Public Policy.

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Kristen Ligers

Director, Programs
E: k​.ligers​@utoronto​.ca

Kristen has administrative oversight of MGA and MPP programs and staff, Global Ideas Institute, Reach Alliance and non-degree executive education. Student meetings always welcome!

Petra Jory

Petra Jory

Program Officer, Master of Public Policy
E: p​.jory​@utoronto​.ca

Petra advises MPP students in all course and academic matters. She oversees collaborative specializations, exchange opportunities and student funding. She also provides support to faculty in course planning and is the liaison to the University’s School of Graduate Studies for curriculum matters. Petra is here to ensure MPP students’ academic success, from the start of the program to graduation.

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Katie Boomgaardt

Program Manager, Internship & Career Placement, Master of Public Policy
E: katie​.boomgaardt​@utoronto​.ca

Katie will be working closely with you in the first year of the program to develop the professional skills you need to be ready for your internship next summer. Every September, Katie hosts a session for you to learn all about internships and professional development for year one of the MPP.

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Kate Dewasha

Manager, Career Development & Alumni Engagement, Master of Public Policy
E: kate​.dewasha​@utoronto​.ca

Kate D. (not to be confused with Katie B.) works closely with MPP students in year 2 of the program. As the Manager of Career Development & Alumni Engagement, Kate assists graduating students with their full-time job search and works closely with MPP alumni and public policy employers.

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Rejeanne Puran

Recruitment & Admissions Officer
E: mpp.admission@utoronto.ca

Rejeanne is the Recruitment and Admissions Officer for the Munk School’s professional degree programs. Get in touch!

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Jenna Chadwick

Program Assistant, Master of Public Policy
(On leave)
E: jenna​.chadwick​@utoronto​.ca

Jenna will keep in regular communication with you over the course of the year, ensuring you are receiving all information pertaining to Munk-wide events, workshops, important announcements and administrative updates. She will compile information for the MPP Radar, an MPP-specific weekly bulletin for MPP1s and 2s.

As an MPP staff member, Jenna is in close communication the events team, faculty and MPPSA. Once on-campus life returns, she will provide support to students, student leadership initiatives, assist staff and faculty with room reservations, general inquiries, building operations and facilities.

Simone DeFacendis

Simone DeFacendis 

Program Assistant, Master of Public Policy
E: simone​.defacendis​@utoronto​.ca

Simone will in regular communication with you over with program news, updates and announcements. She is based at the reception desk at Canadiana Gallery.