The Wagner Student Association (WSA) is the student government and council of New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.


The mission of the Wagner Student Association is to foster community and to promote leadership and professional development opportunities for the Wagner student body. In order to achieve this mission, WSA performs the following activities:


  • Establishes forums for organization of and communication within the student body.
  • Advocates student priorities by acting as liaison between the student body and the faculty, school administration, and university.
  • Oversees the management and funding of student groups.


All meetings are scheduled 5:30-6:15 p.m. in the Mulberry Conference Room. All NYU Wagner students are welcome at WSA general caucuses.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2013

  • Thursday, February 13, 2014

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Thursday, May 8, 2014

* Please note that these dates are tentative and are subject to change. 

Upcoming Events

  • University Games- Week of March 3rd- 9th!

  • Wagner Variety Show- Location TBD- Friday, March 7th from 7pm-11pm

  • Wagner Day of Service- Saturday, April 5th- more details to follow!

  • Wagner Student Association End of Year Party- Saturday, April 12th- The Down Town Association, 60 Pine Street, Cocktail Attire, Black Tie Optional- 9:30pm-12:30am

Officers of the Wagner Student Association


Ashley Kolaya, President

Chief advocate and official voice of the Wagner Student Association (WSA) for 2013-2014, the President oversees the WSA and presides over WSA activities, which include:

  • Visioning and strategy for the academic year;
  • Coordinating and managing WSA's day-to-day operations and annual activities;
  • Conducting Executive Board and General meetings; and
  • Appointing representatives to additional leadership and support roles.




Gretchen Upholt, Vice President of Operations

The Vice President of Operations acts as primary WSA liaison with Wagner student groups in their creation, development, and management. In addition, the VP of Operations manages systems and procedures for the WSA board and is responsible for oversight some Wagner-wide events.




Merav Fine, Vice President of Public Affairs

The Vice President of Public Affairs provides publicity for all meetings and special events of the Association. The Vice President for Public Affairs shall oversee all communication functions of the Association. The Vice President of Public Affairs also oversees many of the community building events that the WSA hosts over the year.



Chrissy Oliva, Secretary

Records attendance at all general meetings; take minutes of all meetings, sends out general meeting notes and maintain records. The Secretary is also responsible for maintaining Quorum at general meetings. This year, the Secretary will Co-Chair the Wagner Constitution Revision Committee and be the Wagner coordinator for the school-wide University Games. In addition, the Secretary serves as a member of the Elections Committee, if not running for office in the next year.


Douglas Meredith, Treasurer

Develops, keeps and maintains the financial records of the organization. The Treasurer provides the Executive Board and student organizations with "as-needed" discretionary and contingency fund balance updates. The Treasurer develops and chairs the Appropriations Committee, which makes decisions on student group funding allocations.


Austin Turner, Ombudsperson

Acts as liaison with the faculty and administration on Wagner student life and academic affairs. Above all the Ombudsperson shall foster a comfortable and confidential atmosphere within which all students feel comfortable and secure. Students should feel that they can approach the Ombudsperson with any issue or situation. The Ombudsman shall listen without partiality; assess each situation without judgment, preconception or criticism in order to find direct and effective solutions to each situation absent of bias. The Ombudsperson maintains the WSA Code of Professional Responsibility.


Danyal Syed, WSA Senator

Serves as the liaison to the University Senate, Student Senators Council (SSC) and the University Committee on Student Life (UCSL). The Senator shall be responsible for keeping the Association informed of all matters before the councils on which s/he serves. The Senator is also responsible for communicating the wishes of the Wagner students to the above policy-making councils.



Current Involvement Opportunities

The Wagner Student Association (WSA) has many ways for new and continuing students to get involved!

Social & Community Events Committees:

1. Intramurals Committee

Do you like sports? Are you proud to be a BobCat? Be part of the Wagner sports team and join the intramurals committee. We'll energize the Wagner community to compete in seven different sports leagues, from bowling to basketball.

2. All University Games Committee:

Wagner students compete against students from other NYU schools and colleges in the annual Student Senator's Council and University Committee on Student Life's "All University Games." All University Games is a sporting contest which includes basketball, volleyball, tug-o-war, and other events. Let's make sure Wagner takes home the gold in this year's University Games!

3. Wagner Variety Show Committee

Wagnerd’s Got Talent! Since its inception in 2009, the Wagner Variety Show has provided a unique forum for NYU Wagner community building. The show offers a venue for Wagner students, faculty, and staff to showcase sides of themselves that might otherwise remain unknown. The Variety Show Committee will review our in-house talent and plan the Show from start to finish! This year's Wagner Variety Show will be held Friday, March 7th from 7pm-11pm, location TBD.

4. Wagner Gala Committee (Previously Known as End of Year Party)

Public servants deserve to celebrate our successes! Help us do just that by helping to plan a Wagner Prom for your fellow students. We are committed to creating a shared experience for all Wagner students to enjoy as we close out the school year and some of us graduate. Participants in this committee will pick a venue and plan the Prom from beginning to end (including a theme).

5. WagnerCares

The Wagner Cares Committee consists of Wagner community members who are committed to finding sustainable ways to serve in New York City. The Wagner Cares Committee is overseen by a Committee Chair and the WSA VP of Public Affairs. The 2013-2014 agenda includes creating a Wagner Day of Service in the spring semester, as well as finding ways to connect Wagner students to projects throughout the year.

6. Class Gift Committee

The annual Class Gift Campaign provides an opportunity for current students to have a tremendous impact on the future of NYU Wagner. The class gift builds upon the strong ties we have formed at NYU Wagner by bringing us together to support, enrich, and enhance the experience of current and incoming students. The gift in 2013 supported the new Professional Development Fund for Wagner students. What will 2014 bring?

6. Holiday Party Committee

The Holiday Party is an opportunity for Wagnerds to come together at the end of the first semester and celebrate our triumphs! Tis the season, after all… Members of this committee are responsible for planning the event, decorating the venue, and marketing it to your fellow classmates. The event usually occurs in the last week of the first semester.

To apply for any of the committees listed above or to obtain additional information, please contact Merav Fine, VP of Public Affairs, at



Alternate-Senator, Wagner Student Association/NYU Student Senators Council (Formerly Senate Alternate)

The Alternate-Senator is a General Non-Voting Member of the Wagner Student Association and a non-voting member of the NYU Student Senators Council. The Alternate-Senator attends bi-weekly Student Senators Council Meetings as needed as well as all University Senate Meetings, working under the WSA Senator (Wagner representative to University-wide programs). These meetings occur during business hours on Thursdays, thus the Alternate Senator must be available Thursday afternoon until 6:45 Wagner class. The responsibilities include attending these meetings, WSA General Meetings, WSA Board meetings as needed, and acting as an additional liason for the Wagner community to the greater NYU community. To apply, please submit your interest to WSA Senator Danyal Syed at

Elections Committee

Be an active participant in the democratic process! Help organize the elections for next year's WSA committee and help make policy for Wagner elections at large.  Please contact Ashley Kolaya, WSA President, at, for more information.

Appropriations Committee

This committee makes decisions on student group funding allocations. Please contact Doug Meredith, WSA Treasurer, at for more information.

Part-Time Student Committee

This new committee will serve as a forum for part-time students who work full-time.   Please contact Austin Turner, WSA Ombudsman, at for more information.

Wagner Constitution Revision Committee

This new committee will develop a set of recommendations for the revision of the Wagner Constitution.  Please contact, Chrissy Oliva, WSA Secretary, for more information.