All Board members share the following responsibilities in addition to their own individual functions:
- Uphold the Student Government's charter
- Attend regular Board of Directors meetings and general meetings of student leaders
- Work closely with all members of the Student Government, the Dean's Office, administrative staff, faculty members and the general student body
- Dedicate themselves to improving all aspects of the Stern experience for MBA students
- Affirm committee appointments and appoint additional officers
- Approve the Student Government budget and allocation of funds to MBA clubs
The SGov Executive Board of Directors consists of:
- Executive Vice President
- Vice President of Finance
- Vice President of Technology
- Vice President of External Relations
- University Senator
- Vice President of Marketing
- Vice President of Events
- Vice President of Alumni Affairs
- Vice President of Special Projects
- Vice President of Blocks.
- Assistant Vice-President of Marketing
- Assistant Vice-President of Technology
- Assistant Vice-President of Alumni
- Assistant Vice-President of External Relations
- Assistant Vice-President of Events
- Assistant Vice-President of Finance
SGov also oversees the following committees:
- Academic/ Admissions
- Career Management
- Club Chair
- Community Service
The SGov Executive Board of Directors typically meets weekly to discuss various projects and issues. Matters relating to SGov's budget and different events or projects are discussed at these Board Meetings.
Questions regarding general body meetings should be directed to SGov.
SGov Executive Board:
President: Shawn McClain
Shawn comes from a loving family and grew up in upstate New York. After graduating with a Political Science and Spanish degree from Marist College, he worked at a commodities firm. Shawn then made the natural transition out of commodities operations and into the beauty pageant world, working for NBC Universal and Donald J. Trump's Miss Universe Organization. Shawn worked for over 5 years at the MUO doing everything from sponsorship acquisition to negotiating international host site agreements, heading many of the company's Latin American and Spanish language dealings. Shawn is also a passionate Brand Ambassador for the Same Sky Trade Initiative, a social enterprise business that supports female genocide victims of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Shawn currently lives and studies in New York. He enjoys cooking, reading, traveling, bicycle riding and thoroughly appreciates good customer service.
Executive Vice President: Thomas Hamnett
Tom Hamnett was born and raised outside of Boston, MA, and spent most of his life before Stern in the greater Boston area. He graduated from Harvard University in 2007 with a concentration in Chemistry and Physics and a secondary concentration in Economics. After earning his undergraduate degree, Tom worked in the strategy consulting industry for Altman Vilandrie & Company, a boutique focused on the telecom, media, and technology industries. He came to Stern in 2012 to earn his MBA with a specialization in entertainment, media, and tech. Outside of the classroom, Tom enjoys international travel, skiing, marathon running, and watching his favorite sports teams.
VP 1st Year Students: Jimi Oh
AVP 1st Year Students: Brienne Bellavita
Brienne graduated from the University of Rochester with degrees in Political Science and Philosophy. Upon graduation, Brienne worked for the NYC Civilian Complaint Review Board, investigating allegations of police misconduct. Brienne joined the organization Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) in 2007 and as Chief of Staff spent 4 years facilitating the establishment of 13 state branches and a federal office. Brienne organized three large-scale events at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, managed a national field campaign around the documentary "Waiting for Superman" and worked as a consultant for the feature film "Won't Back Down". In her last year at DFER, Brienne served as the Director of Operations, managing the senior leadership team. Brienne served as the Education Chair for Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century (DL21C), and now serves on the board of the NYC New Leaders Council (NLC).
VP of Finance: Lawrence Arbuthnott
AVP Finance: Meezan Qayumi
VP of Events: Sarah Needham
Sarah grew up in New York City and graduated from Williams College in 2008 with a degree in Art History. Upon graduating from college, Sarah began working at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. During her four years at Lincoln Center, she helped organize an exhibit celebrating the institution's 50th anniversary, worked in the press department with focus on the addition of Fashion Week, managed the young patrons program and was a key player in the development of a new Public Art initiative. She has interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Museum in New York, and, growing up, studied at the School of American Ballet.
AVP of Events, Courtney Rizzo
Courtney Rizzo has spent the last 5 years criss-crossing the U.S. as a freelance stage manager, leading cross-functional teams at performing arts organizations such as Seattle Opera, San Francisco Opera, The Santa Fe Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Aspen Music Festival and School, and Spoleto Festival USA. Originally from Michigan, Courtney has undergraduate degrees from Michigan State University in both business management and voice. Armed with an MBA from NYU Stern, Courtney will explore how innovative marketing practices can engage and retain consumers in the entertainment industry.
VP of Marketing, Tavishi Agrawal
Tavishi grew up in the bay area and graduated from UC Davis in 2009 with a degree in Managerial Economics and French. For the next three years, she worked at Techaisle, a global SMB Market Research and Industry Analyst organization, as a Market Analyst. There, she led go-to-market primary research based consulting projects and authored analytical reports establishing Techaisle as a thought leader in technology adoption. This summer, she worked as a marketing intern at FitCause, a startup that graduated from the Nike+ Accelerator powered by TechStars. Outside of Stern, she loves to travel, bake cupcakes, and read.
AVP of Marketing: Erica Korngut
VP of Technology: Ben Pelled
Ben grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel, the world's 2nd most innovative city in 2013 according to The Wall Street Journal. Surrounded by such creativity, Ben's passion for entrepreneurship and technology was sparked from a young age. After high school, Ben joined the Israeli military's Artillery Corps. In his second year, Ben was selected to serve as a Recruiting Officer, where he identified talent, led a team of recruiters, and advised IDF's brigade commanders. Following his four-year service, Ben moved to New York City to attend Hunter College, majoring in Philosophy and Economics. In his senior year Ben joined eToro, an innovative Israeli startup set up to disrupt the financial world. Soon Ben utilized his entrepreneurial skills and was asked to establish the U.S. branch of eToro. Ben built and led eToroUSA, directing eToro's sales, marketing and business development efforts in the U.S.. At Stern, Ben is focusing on Finance and Entrepreneurship, and hopes to one day start his own innovative company that will take over the world.
AVP of Technology: Leyah Farber
VP of Alumni Affairs: Rachel Travis
AVP of Alumni Affairs: Eli Nofzinger
Eli Nofzinger grew up in Pittsburgh and West Virginia before studying government at Dartmouth College. He began his career directing fundraising efforts at Student World Assembly, an international student activist group, before moving to the ACLU to work in major and planned gifts. Most recently he served as a gift officer at Amnesty International USA. He is excited to work with SGov, the larger student body, and the administration to maintain and improve our strong connection with our wonderful alumni!
VP of External Relations and University Senator: Annie McWilliams
Annie grew up in Plainfield, NJ and earned a B.S. in Economics from Wharton with concentrations in management and marketing. Since graduation, she has worked as a management analyst at Citi, vice president of a consumer goods start up, and Associate Director of the Moral Courage Project at NYU Wagner. Additionally, Annie
has maintained a commitment to public service as a former elected official and founder of a NJ based mentoring program. Annie is a dual-degree student at NYU Stern and Wagner and will earn an MBA and an MPA in May 2015. She is excited to leverage her varied business and leadership experiences as she transitions into her post-MBA career. In her leisure time, Annie enjoys cooking, traveling and Law & Order.
AVP of External Relations: Anna Gardner
Becca grew up on a farm in Kentucky and graduated from Denison University in 2009 with a double major in Anthropology and Women's Studies. Upon graduating, she joined Deloitte Consulting's Strategy and Operations Practice in New York where she worked with clients ranging from hospitals to international media and entertainment conglomerates. Preferring the city to the farm, Becca remained in New York and began to attend Stern in August of 2013 where she is focusing on strategy and innovation. Outside of school, you can usually find Becca teaching and practicing yoga, painting, and playing classical piano.
VP of Special Projects: Shaswato Sinha
Shaswato Sinha grew up in San Francisco and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2008 with a degree in Economics. For the next 4 years, he worked in economic consulting for 4 years, providing supporting analysis for various litigations including patent infringement, antitrust, and insurance coverage cases. After all of the years in the Bay Area, Shaswato moved to New York in August 2012 to attend Stern. When he has free time, Shaswato can usually be found watching sports (soccer or college football) or trying new restaurants around NYC.
VP of Blocks: Robert Lee
AVP of Blocks: Morgan Hurley
VP of First Year, Part-Time Students: Thomas Braxtan
SGov Committee Chairs:
Academic/ Admissions, Anne Marie Rocco
Academic/ Admissions, Jane Bradley
Career Management, Amanda Wingard Phillips
Club Chair, Sujay Shah
Club Chair, Andreea Odangiu
International, Andrea Calderon
International, Tanmay Bhargava
Operations, Jack Downey
Follies, Sarabeth Tukey
Follies, Ken Herrera
Community Service, Jascha Clark
Community Service, Rita Luo
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