Jogs around Lake Lag, outdoor study sessions, and Coupa are three of Jackson's favorite things. Originally from Chicago, Jackson came to Stanford open to the range of possibilities here. Since then, Jackson spent her time involved in an array of groups, from Stanford in Government to serving on the Undergraduate Senate to acting as a tutor-mentor for the East Palo Alto Stanford Academy. Jackson has found her academic passion studying political development and governance in developing countries. And Jackson has developed friendships that will last a lifetime. Stanford is a huge part of Jackson's personal story; she is excited by the opportunity to shape a part of its history as your Student Body President.
Amanda Edelman | ASSU Vice-President
Amanda is this year's ASSU Vice President. Amanda is a New York City native and a proud member of the Stanford Class of 2017. On campus, Amanda studies International Relations and Feminism, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Amanda has also worked at the WCC, SHPRC, and the Bridge, and has served as Sophomore Class President. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys hanging out with friends, trying to fit Arrested Development quotes into everyday conversation, and reading almost exclusively James Baldwin, Junot Diaz, and Roz Chast. Amanda cannot wait to tackle the issues most important to you and work to make Stanford a better place.
Rachel Samuels | Chief of Staff
Rachel is a member of the Class of 2017, majoring in International Relations and minoring in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. She served on the Undergraduate Senate during her sophomore year, before managing the Finley/Hill Executive campaign and serving as their interim Chief of Staff through the end of the 2015-2016 school year. After spending two quarters away from campus in Washington DC and Cape Town, Rachel was thrilled to return as the Campaign Manager and Chief of Staff for Jackson Beard and Amanda Edelman. Every so often, you'll catch Rachel with a bit of free time, when she's sitting in the sun or watching The West Wing.
Eric Theis | Treasurer
An undergraduate and coterminal master's student in Computer Science, Eric began his involvement with the ASSU as a member of the 16th Undergraduate Senate where he was the Dep. Chair of the Appropriations committee and Treasurer. He then went on to serve as the executive branch Treasurer in John Lancaster Finley and Brandon Hill's cabinet. He is now excited to serve a second term in the same position.
Ana Sophia | Disability Community Lead
Ana Sophia, Class of 2017, is majoring in Environmental Systems Engineering on the urban track. Originally from Guatemala, she is interested in the sustainable development and electrification of emerging economies. In addition to her interest in environmental topics, she is deeply committed to working with and for students with disabilities. She is excited to help bring her enthusiasm to ASSU!
Zina Jawadi | Disability Community Lead
Zina Jawadi is a member of the Class of 2018 at Stanford University. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a student with prelingual bilateral sensorineural hearing loss, Zina is passionate about hearing loss and disability causes. On campus, she is the current vice president (and president next year) of Power2ACT, Stanford’s student organization for people with disabilities and their allies. Zina has been active with various hearing loss advocacy initiatives, including creating, based on expert interviews and research, a video on techniques for teaching mainstreamed students with hearing loss. Zina is president of the Hearing Loss Association of America, California State Association, a nonprofit organization serving Californians with hearing loss.
Lauren Schlansky | Sexual Violence and Title IX Lead
Lauren Schlansky is a member of the Class of 2018 and is majoring in Political Science. Last year, Lauren worked on a team to create a website that helps students navigate all of the resources for sexual assault and mental health Stanford has to offer. Lauren is hoping to help make Stanford more attentive to the needs and experiences of all students. You can find Lauren in her free time trying to finally finish reading Anna Karenina or narrowly avoiding running into things while playing Pokemon Go.
Rachel Green | Sexual Violence and Title IX Lead
Rachel is a first-year law student at Stanford Law hailing from Memphis, TN. Most of Rachel’s academic and extra-curricular time has been spent finding ways to better prevent and respond to sexual violence. She completed her graduate MA in Conflict Transformation & Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast under the George J. Mitchell Scholarship in 2016. She completed her undergraduate BA in Sociology and BA in Economics at Indiana University-Bloomington. In her free time, Rachel might be found hiking the largest mountain within 100 miles with her boyfriend, eating delicious melted-cheese chips and salsa, or planning her next travel adventure.
Michael Kim | Social Life Lead
Michael Kim will be the Social Life Lead on Exec Cabinet next year. He is passionate about issues of gender inequality and violence, which are unfortunately relevant to Stanford's social life. Michael is currently an RA in Otero and will be the RA in Sigma Nu next year. Michael is studying English and Computer Science; his plans after graduation include joining the Peace Corps and becoming a "cool" dad.
Ngoc Bui | Academic Lead
Ngoc Bui is part of the Class of 2017, majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education and Computer Science. Born in Vietnam but raised in Minnesota, Ngoc has loved her time here in sunny California. Ngoc is very passionate about issues of human development, and has been lucky enough to explore this interest on campus through the Stanford Pre-Education Society, she++, and being a TA. Ngoc is beyond excited to be a part of the Exec Cabinet as one of the academic leads, a role which will enable her to further explore educational issues.
Samuel Feineh | Academic Lead
Samuel Feineh, Class of 2019, is from Sacramento, California, and he's considering majoring in Political Science. Sam currently serves as the Co-Academic Lead on ASSU Exec and works on a number of issues, from helping students propose new course ideas, to supporting academic diversity. In his free time, he's probably binge-watching old TV shows or attempting to freestyle over some beats. He hopes to attend law school soon and have a life-long career in public service.
Emma Coleman | Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead
Emma Coleman is a member of the Class of 2017 majoring in International Relations and Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She has been an RA in Muwekma and Haus Mitt, and worked on both Junior and Senior Cabinet. She plays on the Stanford Women's Rugby Team and loves all sorts of outdoor activities. Her favorite thing in the world is dogs, specifically her own Rhodesian Ridgeback, Opie.
Hope G. Yi | Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead
Hope G. Yi (they/them) peaked at 18 and was born again as BoJack Horseman. They hail from the New Jersey part of New York and like to ruminate about the psychology of cinematography. As Wellness & Mental Health co-lead, Hope believes a balanced approach to mental health is indispensable with respect to all intersecting identities and looks forward to being challenged to think about how we can reframe perspectives on health in a way that is validating and normalizing without being pathologizing or deindividualizing. Feel free to shoot them an email, text, Facebook message, and/or heartfelt, handwritten letter, and they will be sure to get back to you promptly, along with an [in]appropriate, carefully hand-picked gif!
Luke Miller | Environmental Justice Lead
Luke is Environmental Justice Lead and a member of the Class of 2019 considering majoring in Earth Systems (or maybe something different entirely). He hails from the small college town of Moscow, Idaho, a place he hated as a teenager but later grew to love. His passion for sustainability issues is grounded in a desire to combat intersectional systems of oppression that disproportionately affect people of marginalized identities worldwide. He is heavily involved in Fossil Free Stanford, the on-campus fossil fuel divestment campaign. He loves to go on adventures, see indie concerts throughout the Bay, and meet new people who speak the languages he studies.
Pablo Haake | Environmental Justice Lead
Pablo Haake is the Environmental Justice Issue Co-Lead, and Class of 2019. Pablo is from Iowa and as a dual-citizen, he grew up spending time with his mother's side of the family in beautiful northern Spain. Pablo loves to salsa dance, cook, play ultimate frisbee, watch old spy movies, and get lost with friends in the wilderness. His passion for environmental issues came early, as Pablo grew up next to a forest, but his time at Stanford has reshaped his perspective towards a social justice lens. Pablo is majoring in Urban Studies with an IR minor, and hope to one day work with urban design and public policy to empower the urban poor in major cities in developing nations towards a better quality of life.
Pooja Varman | Graphic Designer
Pooja is a senior from the Midwest Best West, and she studies Human Biology. Pooja cares deeply about justice, health, design, and her Snuggie. You can also catch Pooja rewatching Gossip Girl, doodling with her henna cones, and laughing.
Katy Shi | Webmaster
Katy is a Computer Science major in the Class of 2018 from Columbia, Missouri. In her free time, Katy enjoys reading, sleeping, working out, and drinking coffee with friends. Katy is the webmaster for ASSU, and also works in Stanford Student Enterprises as the General Manager of the Stanford Student Store.