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: email@example.com
Vice President of Student Groups: Program/Specialization - Michaela Slutsky
Michaela is a full-time student in the Wagner/Skirball Dual Degree program, in the MPA-PNP management specialization track and MA program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies. As a native Brooklynite, Michaela is passionate about initiatives that enrich the community and utilize the diversity in our city to spur innovation.
Michaela earned her BS in Business Economics from Pace University. Prior to Wagner, Michaela spent the last five years working as the Program Director of Teen and Young Adult Services at a Jewish Community Center (JCC) in South Brooklyn. As part of her work, Michaela focused on providing employment opportunities, educational services, and advocacy for underprivileged youth across New York City.
Michaela is currently the Program Manager for the Applied Research Collective for American Jewry, an initiative of the NYU Bronfman Center for Jewish Student Life. In this role, Michaela coordinates a year-long research fellowship which develops policy recommendations for Jewish foundations and organizations for sustaining vibrant communities. In addition to this, Michaela is currently a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar and a UJA-Federation Graduate Fellow.
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 - Yeen Dolma Lama
Yeen Lama is a full-time MPA-PNP student specializing in Public Policy Analysis. Born and raised in Nepal and India, she obtained her Bachelor's degree with a major in Sociology, and a minor in Human Rights from The City University of New York, Hunter College.
Prior to Wagner, she worked as a consultant in Nepal for Donor Direct Action, a global non-profit organization. She worked closely with Nepal's Supreme Court Justice, Honorable Sapana Malla, to research and write a proposal to construct the first women's shelter in the Nawalparasi district of Nepal. Yeen also serves as a board member for GMIN, a grassroots nonprofit organization that aims to bring sustainable and environmental change in rural Nepal through education, livelihood development, and empowerment of women. Yeen aspires to understand the needs of the Wagner student body and advocate for interest-based student groups.
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.