At the beginning of each year, the GSA Executive Committee is elected by the broader graduate student body. The Executive Committee oversees the Senate budget and all GSA activities, can make appointments to fill Senate vacancies and can charter and disperse funds to graduate student clubs and organizations. Executive Committee members are expected to dedicate a minimum of two work hours per week.

Executive Committee

Following is a list of Executive Committee officers for the 2020-21 academic year:

Twama Nambili
Executive Advisor
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

 I am an MBA candidate, concentrating in Strategy & Innovation and Data Analytics, at the International Business School. I hold an MSc in Corporate Governance and Business Ethics from the University of London and a BBA in International Business from St. Norbert College. Professionally, I am a Management Consultant, former FinTech company Founder and I have worked mainly in the Financial Services Industry. I love solving problems as well as helping people discover and reach their full potential. I’m very interested in Social Networks and the Beauty Industry. I also love drawing, writing short stories, drinking tea, traveling, and meeting new people.

Alex Leon
Alex Leon
Co- Chair

 I’m a first year student at the Heller School, pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence & Conflict Resolution Studies. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Colorado State University in 2011, and have since spent several years working in disaster relief and recovery in both international and domestic US contexts. In my role as co-chair, I hope to increase the transparency and accountability of the GSA, and to strengthen the connections and collaboration between students of the various graduate schools. Come talk to me about: your ideas for how to improve the graduate student environment at Brandeis; anything social justice related; speculative fiction; and hiking, camping, and general outdoorsy stuff!"

Darren Deng
Darren Deng
International Business School

I am a second-year Master of Science in Finance candidate at the International Business School, and I focus on Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing and Leadership in Social Impact. I am also a head leadership fellow and admission ambassador at the International Business School. I was an Accounting major and Business minor at Curry College. Meanwhile, I played Football, and I was the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Professionally, I work at All-In-Pay as an industry manager, and I have experience in Accounting. I am passionate about Social justice, culture, networking, and community building, I have been supporting Michelle Wu’s mayoral campaign and actively engage with local social organizations and businesses. This year, my goal is to build a stronger connection within our community, create more opportunities for our students, and gather our strength and wisdom to make more Impact!

Beatriz Pleites Lemus
Director of Communications

I am a first-year SID candidate at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. I'm a highly motivated woman with a bachelor's degree in law committed to creating a more inclusive and tolerant community.  Curious by nature, I try to have fun at every opportunity I get.  My main goal as a member of the GSA is to become the link between the student body and Brandeis to build a united community.  Let's make a great team together!

Josh Mandell
Director of Events & Marketing
Brandeis Graduate Professional School
I am a student in the Graduate Professional School's Strategic Analytics MS program, a first-year graduate student. I hold a bachelor's degree in History and Anthropology from Brandeis University, and work in the Steinhardt Social Research Institute on campus while pursuing my studies. I am excited to help facilitate events that build a sense of community on and off campus. I'm also very passionate about storytelling and writing. Please feel free to reach out to me with any suggestions you have for events!
Michelle Guan
Michelle Guan
Director of Advocacy & collaborations
International Business School
I am currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Business Analytics at the International Business School. I also hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Design and Technology from Emerson College. Prior to joining the Brandeis community, I spent seven years in live entertainment production, including work in advocating for diversity and inclusion in the Boston technical theatre scene. In my role as Director of Advocacy and Collaboration, my hope is that I can serve my fellow graduate students by providing space to communicate issues, as well as helping to navigate the resources that are available to us. In my free time, I enjoy participating in entertainment industry research (in the form of binging TV shows), and spending time with my dog.
Yunuo (Nicole) Wang
Director of Treasury & Organizations
International Business School
My name is Yunuo Wang, and I can go by Nicole, but I appreciate your effort in trying to pronounce my name. From California, I moved to Boston to major in Business Analytics (STEM-Designated) at the Brandeis International Business School. As a member of the minority community, I always think of helping students from different cultural backgrounds to study, work and live here. I will be honored if everyone enjoys their time at Brandeis. Every single one of you can come to me with your ideas, and I promise to listen and speak for you.

The Graduate Student Senate makes important decisions on bettering the lives of graduate students.

The Senate is composed of one member from the Heller Student Association, one member from the International Business School Student Association and two members from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, one from the division of sciences and one from the division of humanities. social sciences, and the arts. The body meets monthly throughout the academic year to discuss issues, work on initiatives and gather feedback from the graduate student body.

Senate Committee Members

Below is the current list of Senate Committee Members

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Sarah Beth Sortino
Senate GSAS
Office Hours: Fridays at 9:00 am

I am a fifth year PhD Student in the History Department. I grew up in Massachusetts and after 10 years working in various corporate jobs I moved back to start my PhD in 2017. I'm also a first generation college student and the parent of young children. I'm particularly interested in helping student parents and student caregivers navigate the challenges of graduate school as well as promoting alt-ac career development for students in the Humanities. I'd welcome any feedback or suggestions for how we can make the Brandeis community better for grad students!

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Ronunique Clark
Senate Heller
I am a 1st year MPP student concentrating in Economic and Racial Equity hailing all the way from Richmond,California. I am a recent 2021 graduate of Boston University with my Bachelors in Political Science and certificate in Criminal Justice. In addition to my role on the senate I am the Administrative Coordinator for the Heller Student Association. I hope with my role on the senate I am able to cultivate meaningful experiences and create cross-cultural collaborations amongst all graduate students
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I am Ishan Adhikari, an MBA student at Brandeis International Business School. I am from Nepal. Apart from studies, I love to play cricket and soccer. I am a vegetarian and my favorite food is momo.