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Graduate Student Assembly


BOARD 2017 - 2018

Ryan Betters, GSA President, CUNY USS Senator
Ryan Betters headshot   Ryan will graduate with an MPA in December of 2018. He previously served as Executive Director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center where he initiated and directed multi-million dollar projects to prioritize development solutions based on cost benefit analysis. Ryan has an undergraduate degree in electric engineering from Penn State and a joint MBA from Columbia and the London Business Schools. He launched, staffed, and directed a USAID field office in Yei, South Sudan. He has started businesses that operate around the world and is a veteran Marine Corps Logistics Officer.
Fatou Fifi Diaw, CUNY USS Senator
Fatou Fifi Diaw headshot   Fatou Fifi Diaw is originally from Senegal. She arrived in the United States in 2008 with no English. She got her High School diploma from Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School, graduated from Lehman College in 2015 with a Bachelor in Political Science and a Minor in African-American studies. She was one of the first graduates of the CUNY Service Corps Program and served as Student Services Officer in the Lehman College Student Government Association. Fatou has a degree in Human Rights from Universidad Bolivariana in Chile and is now pursuing a Master degree in Public Administration at Baruch College concentrating in Public Management and Non-profit. Fatou is very committed to public service and has spent half of her career on volunteering and giving back. She chaperoned students to Tanzania for a service trip and volunteered in the Dominican Republic with an organization that help unfortunate disabled kids. Fatou is now working with an international organization to help develop her community and her village back in Senegal. Fatou is our proud Graduate Assistant and Club Advisor for the Office of Student Life. She is very dedicated to making a difference in her community and around the world. Fatou's motto is "Lead, Serve, and inspire."
Kevin Blake, GSA Vice President
Kevin Blake headshot   I'm currently a first-year student in the MS Industrial-Organizational Psychology program at Weissman and will serve as the MSIO Student Association President in the 2018-2019 school year. I have served on several student organization boards during my undergraduate & graduate career and understand the commitment needed to successfully maintain and improve clubs. I aim to use my experience with clubs and my knowledge of I/O to support all graduate organizations at Baruch.
Amanda Stewart, GSA Secretary
Amanda Stewart headshot   As GSA Secretary Amanda is responsible for the management of GSA e-mails, documents, and conference room. She is interested in improving the experience of Baruch graduate students in both the academic and co-curricular aspects. She is a full-time student (2018) in the Masters of Public Administration program, a Graduate Assistant, and a Marxe Ambassador. Before starting her graduate career at Baruch, she worked with the Mission of Costa Rica to the U.N. Amanda is originally from Costa Rica, but has been living in the U.S. for over ten years.
Rashmi Salian, GSA Director of Special Events
Rashmi Salian headshot  

Rashmi Salian is pursuing a full-time MBA program at the Zicklin School of Business and doing a data analytics internship on Wall street. She is passionate about creative business ideas, data visualization and loves connecting with entrepreneurs. Her areas of experience include data analytics, data visualization, financial planning, corporate communication, valuation, and research for mergers and acquisitions. In her leisure time, she likes painting, traveling, hiking, dancing, practicing Yoga, and meditation. She was actively involved in social work that involved teaching underprivileged children and fund-raising in India. She has conducted corporate training workshops in the past and enjoys organizing events such as the GSA socials.

Susan Pak, GSA Treasurer
Susan Pak headshot   My name is Susan Pak and I'm currently finishing up my Masters in Taxation. I will be graduating in August this year. I have attended Baruch College for my Undergraduate as well majoring in accounting. After I finish my masters, I hope to travel as much as I can before I start working. As the new Treasurer for GSA, I am excited to take on this new role and interact with various other Treasurers in clubs.
Alex Perez, GSA Assistant Treasurer
Alex Perez headshot   Alex Perez is a Full Time MBA student with a focus in Accountancy and the Assistant Treasurer for GSA. Alex is originally from Oakland, California and graduated with a degree in Sports Management from St. John's University. He can be reached for questions regarding the completion of paperwork for Student Organizational Budgets.
Joe Moran, GSA Communications Director
Joe Moran headshot   Joe is a second semester full-time MPA candidate at the Marxe School. He has been involved in GSA since he started working towards his degree at Baruch and recently was voted in as the GSA Director of Communications. Currently, he works part-time as a graduate research assistant for Professor John Casey and also interns for a New York City Council Member. When he finishes his degree, he hopes to work for either a government agency or a youth development nonprofit. He looks forward to working with the students involved with GSA and hopes to help push for the needs of all our graduate students at Baruch.
Michael Urist, GSA Marketing Director
Michael Urist headshot   Michael Urist is a first year, full-time MBA student in the Baruch College Zicklin Graduate School of Business. He is responsible for the social media profiles for the Graduate Student Assembly account. Michael is also an Active Duty Soldier in the Regular Army. He is currently doing the Green to Gold Active Duty Option Program. In that capacity, he is a Cadet in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps at City College of New York. Michael has been in the Army for the last four years. Prior to that, he has experiences in Economic Consulting and Construction Project Management. Michael's goal is for the GSA to expand its public profile across all graduate programs within Baruch College.


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