WSA Executive Board
WSA Executive Board
President - Kobe Terrier
Kobe Terrier is a second-year, full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Advocacy and Political Action. Currently, Kobe is the President of the Wagner Student Association and the Wagner representative for the President’s Council and NYU Student Government Associations. Previously, Kobe served as a First-Year Representative for the Wagner Student Association and the Wagner Advocacy and Political Action student groups. Kobe is currently interning for a New York City Council member. While at Wagner, Kobe served as a VOTE2020 Fellow during the November 2020 Presidential elections and the Georgia Senate Special elections.
Originally from Texas, Kobe attended the University of Houston to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. During his undergraduate degree, Kobe was an elected Senator in the Student Government Association and the President of the Ambassador Program for the Bauer College of Business. Kobe has interned in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and most recently worked full-time at Invesco Investment Services. Kobe has a passion for human rights and will to hone his knowledge and skills into advocating for the Wagner Student Body as President of the Wagner Student Association.
Ombudsperson - Jacqueline Ramales
Jacqueline Ramales is a part-time MPA-PNP student, specializing in Social Impact, Innovation and Investment. Jacqueline grew up in the Bronx, and graduated from CUNY Hunter College with a B.S. in Sociology and Human Rights. Jacqueline has been working in non-profit for 6 years in different capacities. As a first-generation college student, she is passionate about working with immigrant populations living in high poverty areas to create opportunities for advancement and economic mobility. Jacqueline previously held a position working with international survivors of trafficking at Restore NYC. Her current work is with youth and families in the South Bronx and East Harlem. She serves as the Associate Director to the Children’s Program of The Bowery Mission. Jacqueline believes in the power of personal trust and economic investment to create real change for communities in need. As Ombudsperson, she is eager to help the student body with any services or connect students to resources.
Vice President of Events and Operations - Audrey White
Audrey White is a part-time MPA-HPAM student, specializing in Health Services Management. Although Audrey grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, she has always been a fan of the east coast and moved out to New York in 2014 for her undergraduate degree. She graduated from Syracuse University in 2018 with a BS in Public Health. Audrey is passionate about incorporating preventative care into our healthcare system in order to reduce costs associated with chronic and preventable diseases. She is also very passionate about reproductive and mental health.
When not working or taking graduate level classes, you can find Audrey playing with her Corgi, Molly, or learning how to bake pastries from The Great British Baking Show. Audrey looks forward to bringing her peers together at Wagner this 2021-2022 academic year and growing a strong, supportive community.
Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - Sahril Kasim
Sahril Kasim is a first-year, full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Public Policy. Born and raised in a small island in the eastern part of Indonesia, Ambon island, he successfully managed to get a full-ride scholarship to pursue his bachelor’s degree in Economics at a renowned university in his country. Currently, he is also an awardee of Indonesia Endowment Fund For Education sponsored by the Indonesian Ministry of Finance, which fully covers his study in the U.S.
Prior to attending NYU Wagner, Sahril worked across different spheres ranging from finance to education to hospitality and management consulting. Aside from that, he actively enrolled in social works. He was a part of Pelangi Foundation Maluku where he worked alongside marginalized communities focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation; a part of SSEAYP International Indonesia particularly at the Social Contribution Activity Directorate; and a co-founder of Speak-up club. At NYU Wagner, Sahril will serve as Vice President of Wagner Student Association 2021-2022, particularly on Student Groups Program/Specialization. He is really excited to nurture the connection with his fellow Wagnerds.
Vice President of Student Groups: Identity and Diversity in Public Service (IDPS) - Varun Banthia
Varun Banthia is an MPA-PNP student originally from Vancouver, Canada. He is especially passionate about issues pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion and identity. Aside from his work in government accountability, Varun has worked as an advisor to the City of Vancouver on disability access, on the board of a nonprofit soup kitchen, and on the frontlines of the opioid epidemic at a supervised injection site.
Vice President of Student Groups: Professional and Interest-Based - Hasan Khan
Hasan Khan is a part-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Social Innovation, Impact, and Investment. Hasan was born in Queens, New York but grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia until attending college at New York University. He graduated with a B.A. in Politics, Rights & Development and a minor in Business Studies, spending a year each in the Washington, D.C. and Madrid, Spain campuses. Hasan has interned and worked for various startups, companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations, taking roles in marketing, communications, business development, and project management. He currently works as a Program Associate for the nonprofit Out of Eden Walk and its sister organization Out of Eden Walk-Chicago, which develop education and journalism initiatives that bring alternative ideas to the classroom and connect international communities. Hasan is eager to bring different members of the Wagner community together in areas that advance both their careers and hobbies.
Treasurer - Selene Castrucci
Selene Castrucci is a part-time MPA – HPAM student specializing in health finance. Selene is the current Treasurer and former Firsy-Year Representative of the Wagner Student Association. Selene joined the advocacy committee of WSA within her first month at Wagner to address concerns about remote learning and the first-year experience. Selene has also been involved with the WSA events committee, planning the community connections hour and coordinating efforts to provide free WSA face masks to students. Additionally, Selene served as an alternative senator, representing Wagner within the greater NYU community and a member of the constitution committee.
Originally from New York City, Selene is interested in addressing health disparities and advocating for comprehensive, affordable healthcare for all. Selene graduated from Beloit College with a degree in public health and environmental geology where she was heavily involved in student government. Since graduating, Selene has worked with the National Park Service in southeast Utah and with the Treatment Action Campaign in Johannesburg, South Africa. While attending Wagner, Selene works full-time at Callen-Lorde Community Health Center as a Communications Coordinator where she assists with advocacy and development efforts. Selene is committed to bringing her enthusiasm and experience to WSA as she hopes to continue to enhance student engagement.
Secretary - Natalia Vazallo
Natalia is a first-generation full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in SI3. After discovering the intersection of public and private sectors, she came to NYU Wagner to deepen her understanding of Social Impact and Corporate Social Responsibility. Most recently, she interned at the Council on Foreign Relations under their National Program & Outreach department. Prior, she was a communications and marketing apprentice at FUTURENOW Media Foundation, a nonprofit supporting college students secure careers in media.
Her public service interests include immigration and closing racial disparities within Latinx communities, whether in the workforce, the mental health space, the housing displacement surge, etc. In addition, she is fascinated by leveraging multimedia outlets to bring awareness to societal issues and marginalized communities. A passion that led her to intern at HBO's documentary programming and media relations department.
Before NYU, Natalia attended Rutgers University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Health & Society. In her free time, she loves hanging out with her 11-year old Shih Tzu and trying out matcha lattes in all boroughs of New York.
Senator - Mahima Sharda
Mahima is an MPA-PNP student and Gallatin Global Fellow and will serve as Wagner’s Student Senator this academic year. She has worked at the United Nations Development Programme, the Afghan Mission to the UN, and most recently at the International Crisis Group. At NYU Wagner, Mahima sat on the boards of the Students for Criminal Justice Reform and the Wagner Policy Alliance. She has also worked as a research assistant for the NYC 2025 Project, the NYU Migration Project, and as a Tutor for a number of the MPA program’s core courses. When not working, she can often be found at one of the city’s independent bookstores, petting dogs, or baking up a storm.
First-Year Representative - Rachel Bhalla
Rachel Bhalla is a full-time MPA-PNP candidate specializing in Advocacy and Political Action. She is honored to serve as one of the Wagner Student Association's First-Year Representatives. A native Texan, Rachel attended undergrad at the University of Texas at Austin, completing joint degrees in Government and History with a certificate in Business Administration. Prior to Wagner, Rachel served as the Campaign Manager and Deputy Chief of Staff for State Representative James Talarico, the youngest statewide elected official in Texas. She is passionate about voting rights and previously interned with the Voting Office in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice while a fellow in the Congressman Bill Archer Fellowship Program. Rachel currently works as a LEAD Fellow with Mi Familia Vota and serves as a tutor for Microeconomics. In her free time, you can find Rachel taking long walks throughout the city, watching documentaries, or searching desperately for good Tex Mex in NYC.
First-Year Representative - Steven David Lucero
Steven Lucero is a full-time graduate student in the MPA/MPH dual degree program, with concentrations in Health Services Management and Global Health. He currently serves as one of two First-Year Representatives on the Wagner Student Association board. Steven was born and raised in New Jersey. He is the son of immigrants, a first generation student, and one of four children. He recently graduated from Sacred Heart University, majoring in Exercise Science. Originally, Steven intended to pursue physical therapy, but after serving in various leadership positions on his campus, such as Vice President for Senate and President of the Upsilon Beta chapter of Order of Omega, he wanted to combine his passion for the healthcare field with his passion for leadership. Steven hopes to improve healthcare systems on the systemic scale, shift the current healthcare model to a more preventative approach, promote healthcare equity, and create incentives for healthcare workers to learn new languages to accommodate the increasing diversity of the United States population. Prior to coming to NYU, Steven worked as a Student Clinical Assistant at Bridgeport Hospital, where he served as an extra set of hands during the pandemic in the hospital’s radiology department, emergency room, labs, and clinics. Currently, Steven is interning at UNICEF, working alongside social behavioral change specialists to create social behavioral change messaging. He is eager to connect with the Wagner community and to serve on this year’s Wagner Student Association.