WSA Executive Board

WSA Executive Board

President - Max Zeiger

Max Zeiger

Max is a full-time MPA-Health Policy & Management student. Born and raised in Needham, Massachusetts, Max obtained his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan he volunteered as a research assistant at the Michigan NeuroSport clinic studying the connections between sports related concussions and migraines. For the past three years he has served as the Clinic and Research coordinator for the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSport Program, the concussion program at UCLA. While at UCLA he became passionate about working in a management position at an academic medical center, and plans to seek out administrative fellowship programs following graduation. In addition to his role as President for the WSA, he is also the current graduate assistant for the Health Policy & Management program. He looks forward to working with everyone over the coming year.

Ombudsperson - Kate Zeigler

Photo and bio forthcoming.

Vice President of Events and Operations - Chhavi Gupta

Photo and bio forthcoming.

Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - Mery Arcila

Mery Arcila

Mery is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in International Policy. Mery was born and raised in Colombia but has resided in Miami for the past eight years. Mery obtained a B.A in Diplomacy and International Relations, with minors in Non Profit Management and French. Mery holds extensive experience in nonprofit management and fundraising as well as leadership programs focused on minority communities. 

Prior to Wagner, Mery worked as a senior development manager at City Year Miami where she built philanthropy networking groups and social media campaigns, planned and executed events and developed a individual giving society. She is currently a Thomas Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow with the U.S. Department of State which is a program focused on diversifying the Foreign Service and providing mentorship as well as professional development for fellows prior to joining the Department as Foreign Service Officers. Mery is a Public Diplomacy tracked fellow and hopes to bridge cultural understanding while formulating policy that embraces diversity in and outside of the U.S.

Vice President of Student Groups: Identity and Diversity in Public Service (IDPS) - TiYanna Long

TiYanna Long

TiYanna is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Policy. Born and raised in Oakland, California, TiYanna obtained her undergraduate degree in Finance from San Francisco State University. She has worked across the public and private sectors to bridge the opportunity gap for women and people of color, promote financial literacy, and empower economic development in underserved communities.

Prior to Wagner, TiYanna’s experience includes expertise in Corporate Finance and Diversity & Inclusion in the Financial Services Industry. She is an Executive Board Member at the Oakland Digital Arts & Literacy Center, and is also the founder of the social enterprise, Medisi, which aims to maximize the positive social impact and minimize the negative externalities of the cannabis industry through policy, education, and media. She is excited to work with everyone to better understand the needs of the students and push for effective change in the Wagner community.

Vice President of Student Groups: Professional and Interest Based - Yunong Emma Spalti

Emma Spalti

Emma is an MPA-PNP candidate specializing in management. Raised in Western New York with her seven siblings, Emma earned her BA in English studies at SUNY Albany. After graduation, Emma went to work for the New York State Senate Democratic Conference. While working on higher education and workforce policy, Emma became passionate about social mobility issues. At NYU Wagner, Emma joined the Students for Criminal Justice Reform, the Education Policy Network, and the Wagner Review. 

As the VP of Professional and Interest Based Student Groups, Emma hopes to promote collaboration between groups, improve student groups' access to resources, and create a rewarding experience for student group leaders. Emma now lives in Brooklyn with her adorable dog, Watson.  


Treasurer - Ana Jerolamon

Photo and bio forthcoming.

Secretary - Sarah Dadson

Sarah Dadson

Sarah serves as the 2017- 18 WSA Secretary, and is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management. Sarah currently interns at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), working on analyzing employer branding strategies. She is also working to create a digital content strategy that better aligns UNDP’s talent sourcing goals with specific outreach efforts. Sarah earned her undergraduate degree in French and Psychology, from the University of Ghana. Her prior work experience focused on developing performance measurement systems for a multilateral criminal justice program, spearheaded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) under the United States Department of State. Born and raised in Accra, Ghana, she is a firm believer in the transformative power of quality education, in bridging inequality gaps that exist in the African society.

Sarah is excited to serve the Wagner community and particularly privileged to represent the international student community, on the WSA board. She hopes to strengthen communication systems that will foster inclusiveness and build community between students at Wagner.

Senator - Frank Pettis

Frank Pettis

As Senator of the WSA Frank hopes to spread Wagner’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and community to the broader NYU community. A consensus builder with a background in community organizing, he understand the importance of coalition building and creating space for allies. He believes progress comes from working within systems to find common ground, people must be met where they are, and ideas must be engaged no matter how different.

As a current Health Policy and Management student at Wagner, he plans to combat health disparities across racial, ethnic, and economic lines by focusing on the intersection of health, politics, and economics, and by cultivating personal stories to create a deep, human connection between decision makers with money and power and those who suffer the lack of opportunity afforded by money and power.

Before Wagner, he worked to expand the opportunities of the underserved, creating and facilitating social programs for Chicago’s HIV-Positive and homeless populations, and through his direction of the “The Black Male Leadership Academy,” created an organization to expand the social, intellectual and cultural capital of Chicago’s African American students.

First Year Representative - TDB in Fall 2017