WSA Executive Board
WSA Executive Board
President - David Aronov
David is a full-time MPA-PNP student on the Management track. A first-generation American, David was born, raised, and still lives in Queens, NY. He is passionate about bringing people together for community building and engagement in the political process.
David earned his BA in Political Science from Hunter College, where he served in the student government for two years and successfully advocated for a tuition freeze across CUNY colleges. In 2016, David co-founded a nonprofit organization that serves as the central hub for the social, cultural, and professional growth of young professionals in their 20s and 30s in his Bukharian Jewish community.
Currently, David works for an NYC Council Member as Director of Community Relations, advocating on behalf of constituents, organizing events, and serving as the key contact for in-district issues. At Wagner, he co-founded the City Government Network club which will connect students to internships/careers in local government, promote networking with city employees & Wagner alum, and host events around local policy issues with elected officials.
As WSA President, David is devoted to building a greater sense of community at Wagner, creating more student-friendly spaces in the Puck building, and calling for increased transparency from the Wagner administration. Regardless of your degree program, specialization, part-time or full-time status, David is advocating for a Wagner that serves the needs of all students.
Ombudsperson - Lilian Aluri
Lilian is a full-time student at Wagner, pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a specialization in International Policy and Management. Originally from South Carolina, Lilian is studying at Wagner to gain experience in nonprofit and policy leadership, particularly in the area of disability rights and services, to take back to her home state.
Lilian is currently a communications and policy intern with the NYU Furman Center, a research center advancing research and debate on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy. Before coming to Wagner, Lilian received her BA in Business Administration from the University of Southern California, where she also served as the Co-executive Director of Troy Camp, a student-run youth development nonprofit. She also volunteered as a camp counselor, tutor, and mentor for youth in Los Angeles through Troy Camp.
As the Ombudsperson for the 2019-20 year, Lilian hopes to build greater ties among the Wagner community through 1) easing students’ transitions into Wagner, whether they join Wagner as full-time or part-time students and whether they join in the spring or fall, 2) building bridges between faculty and students outside of class, and 3) facilitating feedback from students about their classroom and community experiences at Wagner.
Lilian’s favorite things list includes puzzles, baking, movie scores, her lavender plant, hikes in nature, ramen, earl gray tea, soulful Lady Gaga (think Million Reasons), and playing piano whenever she can.
Vice President of Events and Operations - Asher Jay Arce
Asher is a full-time MPA-Health student, specializing in Health Services Management. He was born in Iba, Zambales, Philippines. At the age of eight, his family immigrated to the U.S. and he was then raised in Bremerton, Washington. Asher received his bachelor’s degree in Public Health with minors in International Studies and Diversity at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Asher is a first-generation student and strongly believes that the key to student success is the availability of resources to maintain a supportive learning environment in where students feel a strong sense of satisfaction, belonging, and value. Prior to Wagner, Asher was a CityYear AmeriCorps Member serving in Washington D.C. and served as a High School Development Coordinator working with ninth grade students where he created interactive workshops on developing leadership and behavioral skills for the students by working with school administrators and managers.
As the elected Vice President of Events and Operations, Asher’s vision is to create an open forum for students to discuss current issues facing Public Servants by fostering a welcoming and productive learning space. Asher’s goal is to form a cultivating space for students to have critical conversations, learn, and share experiences with one another. Asher wants to increase social events and networking with alumni, student groups, and students at Wagner. In addition, he will continue the tradition of the Winter Social, Wagner Gala, and happy hours by working closely with Wagner administrators and student members to collectively produce successful events. And if you have an any event ideas please feel free to reach out! My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - Myeisha Boyd
Myeisha Boyd is a full-time MPA-PNP student, specializing in Management and Leadership. Myeisha grew up in Danbury, CT. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Politics and Government at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT. She is passionate about lifting people up as she climbs up in her career and is dedicated to sharing and providing resources for marginalized communities. As a first-generation undergraduate and graduate student, she understands the importance of mentorship, guidance, and support.
Prior to attending Wagner, Myeisha worked as a Communications Fellow for FairVote, a non-profit organization that focuses on electoral reform. Her work included raising the profile of FairVote through engagement on social media, and donor relationships.
Myeisha currently serves as a Graduate Intern for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). She is also an NAACP NextGen Participant, the Strategy and Partnerships Lead for WomenWerk, and an Ambassador for the Women's Information Network (WIN) New York City.
Vice President of Student Groups: Identity and Diversity in Public Service (IDPS) - Anjana Sreedhar
Anjana is a full-time MPA-Health student. Born in India, raised in Seychelles, New York, and New Jersey, Anjana cares deeply about improving patient care and clinical staff experiences in healthcare.
Anjana’s passions are steeped in equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). As an undergrad student at NYU, she has helped lead student diversity initiatives such as the I, Too, Am NYU campaign. Through their collective efforts, she and fellow co-organizers were able to lobby for a Chief Diversity Officer and campus climate survey.
Prior to coming to Wagner, Anjana worked for two years at Advisory Board in business development/sales and best-practice research roles. Part of her work included helping launch a new clinical workforce consulting offering and identifying solutions to challenges faced by hospital-based pharmacy teams. During her time there, she also served as the Vice Chair of Culture for the People of Color Affinity Group. She was tasked with building solidarity across affinity groups to establish a more equitable, intersectional organization.
Anjana also currently serves as the Resident Life Assistant of Student Leadership through NYU’s Office of Residential Life. She works with undergraduate student leaders in supporting their management and leadership skills. Outside of her interests in EDI and student leadership, Anjana enjoys drinking masala chai, singing classical opera, and continuing to explore NYC.
Vice President of Student Groups: Professional and Interest Based - Bryan Brown
Bryan Brown is a 3rd year, part-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment. Bryan grew up in sunny southern California and attended UC Santa Cruz for undergrad, where he graduated cum laude with a BA in History.
After college, Bryan moved to Los Angeles, where he spent two years in AmeriCorps as a City Year corps member. At City Year he served as a tutor/mentor in a 4th grade classroom in South Los Angeles and worked on the Civic Engagement team, organizing school beautification projects.
Seeking a change of pace (and vastly underappreciating the weather differences), Bryan then moved to New York City, where he has worked in higher education administration for the past five years, and is currently a programs manager at NYU Law. In this capacity, he manages the events, budgets, and daily operations of a public interest scholarship program and a human rights institute.
At Wagner, in addition to his role on WSA, Bryan has served on the WagnerCares Committee and as a Peer Advisor. As VP of Student Groups: Professional and Interest Based, Bryan is committed to working with his fellow Wagnerds to ensure student groups are able to play their vital role in enriching the experience of all students and building Wagner’s community.
Treasurer - Ashley Otto
Ashley Otto is a MPA-PNP student specializing in Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment. Ashley earned her B.A. in History and minors in both Journalism and Business Management in her hometown at the University at Buffalo.
Ashley began her career by serving two years in AmeriCorps helping to resettle refugees in her hometown. Upon moving to Brooklyn she became Supervisor of Volunteers for New York Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital. She continued her passion for spearheading new programs as an Internship Coordinator for CUNY’s emerging Foster Care Initiative.
As WSA Treasurer, Ashley is committed to managing the $40,000 budget certifying appropriations for student groups. While in the role of budget governance, she plans to be transparent, available and timely.
Secretary - Jamie Spock
Jamie is a full-time student in the Wagner/Skirball Dual Degree program, in the MPA-PNP Management and Leadership specialization and MA program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. Born and raised not far from New York City, Jamie earned her undergraduate degree with honors from SUNY Albany. She majored in Psychology and double minored in Judaic Studies and Hebrew. Prior to enrolling in Wagner, she spent a year as a Masa Israel Teaching Fellow in Rishon Lezion, Israel where she taught English to elementary school age children with limited access to quality English education. She has been involved in Jewish communal work throughout her life, mainly through various roles at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake and through her undergraduate university Hillel.
She is currently interning in the New York City Council in Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal’s Legislative Office in City Hall, working in Communications and Outreach. Jamie is very interested in issues of women’s rights, affordable and fair housing, and gender parity in public service among many other issues.
Senator - Alex Hunter
Alex is a part-time student at Wagner, completing the Policy track of the MPA-PNP program. He grew up in New Jersey and has been part of the Wagner community since his time in undergrad at NYU, earning his BA through Wagner’s major in public policy, with a minor in computer science. Alex is studying governmental institutions in the MPA, with a side interest in urban policy.
He is currently an intern at the NYC Department of Transportation. His past work experience includes time at Citizens Union, a New York-based nonprofit that advocates for ethics reform and transparency in New York City and State government. He has also worked in the Policy department in the office of NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, and most recently, as a teaching assistant for Intro to Public Policy with Professor Brayton. Outside the office, Alex is usually either playing a board game or playing piano for Wagnotes, Wagner’s very own casual singing group.
First Year Representative - Courtney Sams
Courtney is a part-time MPA-PNP student, specializing in Management and Leadership. Originally from Sacramento, California, Courtney graduated cum laude from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance and a minor in arts management. Courtney is a devoted arts advocate and is passionate about bringing communities together through arts and culture and exploring their influence in the broader public service sector.
Before moving to New York City, Courtney interned and volunteered with many arts non-profits before landing a role with the Eugene Symphony Association as the Executive Operations Assistant. She was involved in almost every aspect of the Symphony from social media management to managing a 33-person Board of Directors. Courtney was most inspired by the Symphony's "Symphony Connect" program, which brought music performance and education to low-income housing communities.
A classic story of courage, Courtney moved to New York City to pursue her personal and career aspirations. She began working as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of the President at Manhattan School of Music, one of the world's premier music conservatories. In this role, Courtney primarily assisted the President and Chief of Staff in their leadership and management of the Board of Trustees, President's Council, and staff. Before entering Wagner, Courtney began working at NYU's Center for Ballet and the Arts, where she assists in the management of the fellowship program for scholars and artists.
As WSA First Year Representative, Courtney is committed to bringing the Wagner community together. She is looking forward to serving on the WagnerCares Committee and furthering her involvement in all that Wagner, NYU, and New York City has to offer.
First Year Representative - Javon Robinson
Javon is a full-time first-generation MPA-PNP student specializing in Advocacy and Political Action. She was born and raised in North Philadelphia and came to New York to attend Pace University for her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Javon began her career in public service by joining NYC Service’s Civic Corps, a local branch of AmeriCorps whose mission is building volunteer capacity within the five boroughs. During her term of service, she was assigned to New York Cares as the Financial Literacy Associate. Her main responsibilities were managing daily volunteer programs and planning & facilitating events for corporate volunteers. In this role, she was able to increase the math and financial knowledge of over 300 public school students.
Upon completion of service, she furthered her experience in non-profit by joining the Center for Family Representation. As the Development & Communications Associate, she worked closely with executive leadership on the logistics of cultivation/fundraising events and assisted the Junior Board with their annual fundraising event. In her downtime, Javon loves discovering new restaurants, taking Buzzfeed quizzes, and re-watching her favorite series, "The Office".
As First-Year Representative, Javon is prepared to be the voice for new students, foster fellow first-years into the Wagner Community, and help connect students to the numerous resources on campus.