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Georgetown Public Policy Student Association Board 2016

Executive Board

The GPPSA Executive Board is popularly elected by the McCourt student community. Elections are held in the spring of each year.


Officers

President: Kelley Schneider Email

The President is the official voice of McCourt student body and serves as a liaison between McCourt’s student government—GPPSA—and all other university and non-university bodies or representatives. The President oversees the general functioning of GPPSA. The President is responsible for appointing representatives to boards/committees as necessary in collaboration with GPPSA. The President is responsible for seeing that the duties of all GPPSA positions and standing and ad-hoc committees are carried out.

Vice President: Bri Fernandez | Email

The Vice President serves as a liaison to the Georgetown University and MSPP alumni communities by serving on the GU Board of Governors and the MSPP Alumni Board. The Vice President also oversees and supports the General Assembly representatives; is responsible for facilitating two annual Town Hall meetings, in consultation with the Dean of MSPP and the President; and organizes one student/alumni event per academic year in conjunction with the MSPP Alumni Board. The Vice President is Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, which meets periodically to discuss academic concerns of the student body.

Secretary: Moha Thakur | Email

The Secretary records attendance and votes and takes minutes of General Assembly meetings as well as solicits relevant items and disseminates General Assembly meeting agendas. The Secretary chairs the Rules Committee, which meets periodically to discuss GPPSA rules, by-laws, or constitutional amendments, and also chairs the Elections Committee, which determines electioneering rules and procedures and oversees elections. The Secretary maintains the GPPSA website and the MSPP calendar of student events and coordinates event scheduling and TIPS service for GPPSA and MSPP student groups.

IMG_6839Moha is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University and the Secretary of GPPSA. Originally from Canberra, Australia, she has experience in financial reporting and management of public grant funding, as well as eating large amounts of Vegemite and avocado on toast. Her interests are focused in urban infrastructure and planning policy, as a member of the McCourt Policy Innovation Lab, as well as exploring the bike trails of D.C., and having beers with mates.

Treasurer: Danett Song | Email

The Treasurer develops, maintains, and makes publicly available GPPSA’s financial records. The Treasurer also provides the Executive Board with monthly discretionary and contingency fund balance updates and meets on a regular basis with the MSPP Administrative Officer. He/she manages the overall reimbursement system, provides support to other student groups on budgetary matters, and processes all GPPSA reimbursements. The Treasurer creates the annual budget request in coordination with the President. The Treasurer chairs the Appropriations Committee, which makes decisions on student group funding allocations.

Program Representatives

MPP-Evening Program Representative: Amy Richards

The MPP Evening Program (MPP-EP) Representative advocates for MPP-Evening Program student concerns before the McCourt administration and faculty and relays MPP evening student concerns at General Assembly meetings. The MPP-EP Representative works with the Executive Board members to organize events and involve MPP Evening Program students in activities.

 

Master of International Development Policy (MIDP) Program Representative: Liz Cordova

The Master of International Development Policy Program (MIDP) Representative advocates for MIDP student concerns before the McCourt administration and faculty and relays MIDP student issues at General Assembly meetings. The MIDP Representative works with the Executive Board members to organize events and involve MIDP students in activities.

Master of Public Management (MPM) Program Representative

The Master of Public Management Program (MPM) Representative advocates for MPM student concerns before the McCourt administration and faculty and relays MPM student issues at General Assembly meetings. The MPM Representative works with the Executive Board members to organize events and involve MPM students in activities.

 

Directors

Director of Alumni Outreach: Michael Oberman | Email

The Director of Alumni Outreach plans networking and career events with current students and alumni. The Director of Alumni Outreach works with both the GPPSA Vice President and Career Services to plan events.

Director of Communications and Outreach: Joseph Schartz | Email

The Director of Communications and Outreach manages GPPSA’s social media accounts, assembles content for the GPPSA website, works with the administration to coordinate GPPSA’s outreach to prospective and newly admitted students, assists MSPP student groups with outreach and messaging as requested, and works with the GPPSA officers to promote the goals and messages of McCourt’s student government.

Director of Diversity Programs: Taya Rizk | Email

The Director of Diversity Programs is responsible for the promotion and celebration of diversity at MSPP and serves as the diversity liaison to other MSPP student organizations. The Director of Diversity Programs serves as Chair of the Diversity Committee, which meets periodically to discuss and organize matters pertaining to diversity and events.

 Director of Environmental Initiatives: Olivia Prieto | Email

The Director of Environmental Initiatives is responsible for the promotion of environmental practices  at MSPP and serves as the liaison on environmental issues to other MSPP student organizations. The Director of Environmental Initiatives also works with GPPSA and the McCourt administration to improve and develop improved environmental practices in McCourt.

 Director of External Affairs: Katie Baskett | Email

The Vice President of External Affairs is our representative to the Graduate Student Organization (GSO) and is MSPP’s representative to the Graduate Public Affairs Council (GPAC). The Vice President of External Affairs serves as a liaison to official student organizations at MSPP and represents the interests of these organizations when voting.

Director of International Student Programs: Eva Zhang | Email

The Director of International Student Programs is responsible for responding to MSPP international student concerns and for representing their interests at General Assembly meetings. The International Student Programs Director works with the Executive Board members and MSPP staff to organize events and involve international students in activities. They also serve as Chair of the International Students Committee, which meets periodically to discuss and organize matters pertaining to international student concerns.

Director of Service Programs: Sarah Belford | Email

The Director of Service Programs is responsible for overseeing all of GPPSA’s service activities, including a service project during Orientation. The Director of Service Programs serves as Chair of the Service Committee, which meets periodically to plan service events and to support projects for other student groups.

IMG_3444Sarah graduated with dual degrees in Business Administration and Political Science from UC Berkeley. She currently studies regulatory and economic policy at the McCourt School of Public Policy. She is a management and program analyst intern at GAO, with prior experience in the public and non-profits sectors investigating financial and environmental crimes and promoting anti-corruption initiatives.

Director of Social Programs: Alejandra Reyes | Email

The Director of Social Programs is responsible for overseeing all of GPPSA’s social activities, including activities during orientation and Policy Prom. The Social Programs Director is also the Chair of the Social Committee, which meets periodically to discuss and develop social events and programs.

Director of Student Services: Emily Schmidlin | Email

The Director of Student Services overseas the student mentor program for new students prior to the start of the academic year. Throughout the year The Director of Student services is responsible for planning all student-run aspects of graduation, including fundraising for graduation expenses and the class gift. The Student Services Director serves as Chair of the Graduation Committee, which meets periodically to discuss matters pertaining to graduation. The position acts as another bridge from the student population to GPPSA.