WSA Executive Board
WSA Executive Board
President - Divya Jethwani
Divya Jethwani is a full-time MPA-PNP student, specializing in Social Impact, Investment and Innovation. Born and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Divya is of Indian origin and comes from a community which hails from Sindh, Pakistan prior to the 1947 Partition. Her family history, heritage, and upbringing, along with a passion for the arts and music, have been crucial to her work in cultural education and community-building through appreciation for South Asian diversity and the arts. Divya received her B.A. in Psychology and Journalism from New York University, where she also served as co-captain for NYU Nasha, a nationally competitive South Asian fusion dance team.
Divya is currently a Summer Associate at Alvarez & Marsal in the Public Sector Services team working with State and Local governments to solve issues that are pivotal in shaping public growth. Prior to attending Wagner, she worked as a brand strategist and digital researcher to drive business development through consumer insight, understanding the user experience, strategic marketing and data analysis. Outside of her professional life, she works with organizations like Brown Girl Mag, Product of Culture and more in furthering the South Asian experience through events, programming and strategy. She is also the Director for Development at the North American Association of Indian Students that serves as an umbrella organization for Indian and Indian-American students to advocate, mobilize and connect these individuals across the country.
At Wagner, Divya will serve as the President of Wagner Student Association 2020-2021 where she hopes to advocate for students and provide a voice for the student body. She is passionate about increasing career opportunities at the intersection of the private sector and public good and hopes to develop a schoolwide mindset that is globally aware and inclusive at Wagner. In her free time you can find her in Studio 5 at NYU Tisch or on a crowded rooftop enjoy NYC’s short-lived and love summers.
Ombudsperson - Courtney Sams
Courtney is a part-time MPA-PNP student, specializing in Management and Leadership. Originally from Sacramento, California, she graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in music performance and a minor in arts management. Courtney is passionate about bringing communities together through arts and culture programming and advocating for their importance in the broader public sector. She has held positions with the Eugene Symphony in Eugene, Oregon, and served in the Office of the President at Manhattan School of Music. For the past year, Courtney has worked at The Center for Ballet and the Arts at NYU, an international research center focused around dance. At Wagner, she is the elected WSA Ombudsperson, after serving as a WSA First Year Representative and the Newsletter Lead on the WagnerCares Committee. Courtney feels most at home in the outdoors, especially the mountains, and enjoys experiencing New York City through its music venues, museums, and food.
Vice President of Events and Operations - Lara Fu
Lara is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management & Leadership. Prior to attending Wagner, she served as Executive Coordinator for the Legal Services Corporation in D.C., where she staffed the Disaster Relief Task Force, directed the Rural Summer Legal Corps fellowship program, and spearheaded several organizational culture initiatives. She received her B.A. in Government & Politics from the University of Maryland, where she served as President of the Student Council for the Gemstone Honors Research Program.
Lara strongly believes that building community is key to personal, academic, and professional growth and success. In her role with WSA as Vice President of Events and Operations, she aims to create events tailored to students’ needs and interests. Outside of Wagner, she is an avid theater fan and loves spending time outdoors (her favorite green spaces in New York include Prospect Park and Fort Tryon Park). During college basketball season, she can be found cheering on her beloved Maryland Terrapins!
Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - Danyte Reisinger
Danyte Reisinger is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Management and Leadership. Danyte grew up in Setauket, New York and graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Management. Danyte has been sailing for over 10 years and holds multiple certifications including a USCG Captain’s License and is a certified Adaptive Sailing Instructor. She has worked for various community nonprofit organizations as a sailing instructor and manager working with high school students, veterans, at risk youth, and the special needs community; and moved to Bermuda to help run the 35th America’s Cup in 2017. Danyte currently works as an Operations Coordinator for a small nonprofit on Long Island, with the mission of creating inclusive housing for young adults on the Autism Spectrum. During the summer, Danyte is also an Assistant Director at Port Jefferson Yacht Club. Danyte hopes to open her own community sailing school in the coming years, working to make the sailing community more inclusive and diverse. She looks forward to meeting and working with other students at Wagner to expand student life.
Vice President of Student Groups: Identity and Diversity in Public Service (IDPS) - Sakura Miyazaki
Sakura Miyazaki is a MPA Health student specializing in Health Policy Analysis. She received her B.A. in Sociology and Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. Upon graduation, Sakura supported Baltimore City’s community-based justice initiatives as a Program Coordinator at a local fiscal sponsorship organization called Fusion Partnerships.
After her role at Fusion, Sakura worked as a Program Analyst to evaluate the Rural Health Care Program, an FCC-mandated program to provide broadband and telecommunications support to rural health care providers. Baltimore City and Sakura’s personal experience as a Japanese-American immigrant fortifies her passion for racial justice. As the Vice President, Sakura hopes to advocate for marginalized students and bring identity-based groups together and to the forefront of NYU Wagner.
Vice President of Student Groups: Professional and Interest-Based - Elizabeth Kalu
Elizabeth Kalu is an MPA-PNP student specializing in Social Impact, Innovation, and Investment. Elizabeth has over 6 years of international experience working on social impact, and developmental projects with a focus on education equity, diversity and inclusion, digital access, youth, and women empowerment in Nigeria. She has worked on reputable projects with Facebook and Google, where she helped implement strategic goals that impacted over 7,000 low-income small and medium scale businesses in the areas of digital skills access, leadership, and entrepreneurship.
Elizabeth is also a creative and digital marketing strategist who executes projects and campaigns from the ground up using consumer insight, content marketing, and data. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Suffolk University, Boston. She loves to travel, cook and have intelligent conversations.
Treasurer - Olivia Gibson
Olivia Gibson is a part time MPA-Health student specializing in Health Financial Management, going into her third semester at NYU Wagner. She received her B.S. in Public Health from Rutgers University. Olivia is very passionate about healthcare reform, solving nationwide health disparities, education and protecting the environment. She currently works full-time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as a Clinical Research Associate where she manages all of the clinical trials in the Melanoma service. As a Black-American, Olivia is fully dedicated to helping solve racial injustices and bringing communities together to tackle various issues including representation, inclusion and innovation. Olivia will serve as the Treasurer for the Wagner Student Association 2020-2021.
Secretary - Jennifer Oh
Jennifer Oh is a part-time MPA-Health student focusing on Health Services Management heading into her fourth semester at Wagner. After graduating from St. John's University with a Bachelor's in Health and Human Services, she worked for MetroPlus Health Plan as a Marketing Representative. Currently, she works full-time as a Pharmacy Liaison at NYU Langone Brooklyn supporting the DSRIP (Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment) Program, a five-year population health management initiative, funded by the Department of Health. At Wagner, Jennifer is part of the Wagner Diversity Council and will serve as Secretary for the Wagner Student Association for 2020-2021.
Senator - Rhea Almeida
Rhea Almeida is an MPA-PNP student focusing on International Policy and Development. Originally from Mumbai, India, she is also an international student. In the past, she has worked in the fields of policy, advocacy, and development for SEWA - a national women’s labor union in India. Prior to that, she worked as a TV news journalist in New Delhi. Her areas of interest include workers’ rights, gender justice, grassroot level advocacy and coronavirus response policy. She is also the co-founder of the “What’s up with Coronavirus Policy?” discussion group. Outside of Wagner, she can be found roaming the East Village, at a music gig, or playing soccer. She will serve as senator for the Wagner Student Association 2020-2021.