WSA Executive Board
WSA Executive Board
President - 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 - Katharine Zeigler
Kate is a part-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management. Kate was born and raised in New Jersey, and obtained her undergraduate degree at Brown University, with a major in English and Creative Writing. Kate has worked in fundraising for several years, with positions within the arts, education, and health sectors. She is currently the Manager of Development at OneGoal-New York, which helps empower students from under-served communities to enroll in and graduate from college. She looks forward to being a resource for Wagner students and connecting to the community this year.
Vice President of Events and Operations - Chhavi Gupta
Chhavi is a full-time MPA Health Policy & Management student. Chhavi obtained her undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Clemson University, after which she moved to Toronto, Canada and lived there for 5 years. While in Canada, Chhavi got certified as a Biomedical Engineer and worked at major hospitals, in medical equipment industry and also as a healthcare consultant. With a passion for healthcare and a wide experience in the industry, Chhavi plans to continuously contribute to the healthcare industry after she graduates from NYU Wagner. As the VP of Events and Operations, Chhavi hopes to enhance engagement among fellow students so their experience at Wagner is the most enriching.
Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - 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 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 - 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
Ana is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Finance. Ana was born and raised in Valencia, Spain, and moved to the United States to pursue her Bachelor’s at the University of Rhode Island. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science, Economics and French.
Ana is now the Finance Intern at the Greenwall Foundation, where she assists managing daily financial transactions, evaluating the grant making process and recording investment activities.
As WSA’s Treasurer, Ana hopes to efficiently fund student groups to create events and activities that will enrich the experience of Wagner students.
Secretary - 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 - Annie Gurvis
Annie is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management. A dual citizen, Annie grew up in Cleveland, OH and Vancouver, BC. She attended Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, obtaining an undergraduate degree in political science and geography with a concentration in urban studies.
Prior to Wagner, Annie worked as a criminal justice policy researcher at the Urban Institute in Washington, DC, where she contributed to the body of knowledge on inequities in the US justice system, working on topics including gun violence, voter disenfranchisement, and ethnicity and the criminal justice system. Currently, Annie is working as a Graduate Assistant at Wagner.
Annie’s professional interests are in city government, an area she became engaged in during the 2008 Vancouver mayoral campaign. As Senator, Annie plans to represent Wagner to the greater NYU community, and build relationships across the NYU community to better serve all students.
Alternate Senator - David Hezghia
David is a part-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management. David was born and raised in Woodbury, New York, before he moved to New York City to obtain an undergraduate degree at New York University. David received a B.A in Economics, with cross-school minors in Public Policy and Management and Business Studies with the Wagner School of Public Policy and the Stern School of Business respectively. David has worked across the public and private sectors where he cultivated expertise in different fields, including business development, performance measurement, market strategy, branding, and strategic planning, where he has been able to develop his dual passion for both the profit and non-profit sectors.
David is excited to serve the NYU community once again as an Alternate Senator and looks to create a long-lasting positive impact for the general NYU student body.
First Year Representative - Bryan Perlmutter
Bryan is a full-time MPA-PNP Student. Born and raised in North Carolina, Bryan obtained his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from NC State University. Bryan is a leader in youth organizing holding expertise in organizational development, campaign planning, and leadership development. He is the senior adviser on millennial strategy for Game Changer Labs and a consultant on several other projects.
Prior to Wagner Bryan worked as a community organizer to start and run nonprofit programs in NC centered on voting rights, education equity, and civic engagement. He was the winner of the 2016 Mario Savio Youth Activist award hosted at Berkeley and was the commencement speaker at the 2014 NC State University graduation for the non-profit studies department.
As a first year representative, Bryan is excited to build the larger Wagner community and create connections with students across the program.
First Year Representative - Sidrah Masood
Sidrah is a part-time MPA-Health Policy and Management student. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Sidrah moved to Long Island, NY to complete her Bachelors in Psychology while actively researching at the Neuroscience Research Institute at SUNY College at Old Westbury. Her research was contributed to various poster presentations presented at conferences held for the Society for Neuroscience in Chicago and the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference. She was one of two winners of the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence from her college.
Prior to Wagner, Sidrah worked closely with the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Neuroscience Research Institute closely relating the knowledge learned in research and experiencing it in real time with clients at the Foundation. She is currently working on enhancing the patient experience with the administrative department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
As first year representative, Sidrah is ecstatic to be a student amongst such distinguished faculty and students. It is one of her primary goals to assimilate part-time and full-time students amongst each other and faculty to create connections that are everlasting beyond our time at NYU Wagner.