The Cabinet is the executive body of the Grinnell College Student Government Association (SGA). The Cabinet is responsible for chairing the various SGA Committees, passing budgets and setting goals for the SGA.
SGA Cabinet 2018-2019
President Myles Becker
Myles Becker is the Student Government Association’s President. He is fourth year Computer Science major from Chicago, Illinois. Myles is passionate about the implications of emerging technologies within modern society. He also serves as an administrator within the Technology Consultant Corps, as well as the founder of Grinnell College Virtual Reality. In his free time, Myles likes to hang out with friends, listen to music and sleep.
Vice President of Academic Riley Murphey
Riley Murphy (he/him/his) is a fourth-year Classics major from Encinitas, California. He serves as the SGA Vice President of Academic Affairs, the liaison for students with administration and faculty on all matters related to academics. Previously Riley has been the SGA Presiding Officer, Business Manager for the Scarlet & Black, and co-chair of the Classics SEPC. As VPAA, Riley is the chair of the Student Curriculum Committee, works closely with the Dean of the College, and represents students on various college committees. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about academics, advising, or the construction projects on campus!
Vice President of Student Affairs Kadiata Toumbou
Administrative Coordinator Dylan Welch
Dylan Welch (he/him/his) is SGA’s Administrative Coordinator. He’s a fourth year Political Science major with a Policy Studies concentration. Dylan was an All-Campus Events Co-Chair with Selah last year, and he has been involved with Liberal Arts in Prison, Young Democratic Socialists of Grinnell, and student activism on campus. Dylan hopes to work to make Student Senate (formerly Campus Council) welcoming and accessible to all students this year. Get in touch with him at [sga1] if you have a discussion topic or resolution for Student Senate, want to be a delegate to Campus Council, or have any questions about SGA in general!
Treasurer Quinn Ercolani
Quinn Ercolani ’20 (he/him/his) is a third-year student from Clinton Township, Michigan. He is a Political Science and Philosophy double major with an American Studies concentration. Outside of SGA, you can find him on stage and behind the scenes of some of the theater productions, or doing research on labor law. Feel free to reach out to him with any and all questions, suggestions, concerns, jokes, or omens foretelling the completion of the HSSC during his office hours or at [sgamoney].
Assistant Treasurer Amanda Weber
Amanda Weber is the SGA Assistant Treasurer. She is a second-year English and Russian double major from the great American suburb of Woodbury, Minnesota. At Grinnell, she has also served as the Web Manager of The S&B and as a senator. She is excited to help students engage with and improve the Grinnell experience and to get them the funding they need to do so. Please feel free to reach out to her with any and all questions, concerns, feedback, or book recommendations.
All-Campus Events Chair Erica Satchell
Services Coordinator Joshua Tibatemwa
Diversity & Outreach Coordinator Syamala Gumidyala
Syamala Gumidyala ’21 (she/her/hers) is a second-year intended Computer Science major and American Studies concentrator from Bolingbrook, IL. She is a member of the Outreach Committee and Reform committee chair. Outside SGA, she works for Information Technology Services. She is also a member of the Grinnell Singers, plays guitar, and enjoys watching the Office. Feel free to contact her any time at [doc].
Concerts Chair Cassidy Christiansen
Cassidy Christiansen (they/them/theirs) is a third year Studio Art and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies double major from Flagstaff, AZ. As Concerts Chair, Cassidy organizes Grinnell College’s well-known free concerts series; doing everything from booking artists and coordinating with the All Campus Events Coordinator, to running sound and lights for Concerts as well as Gardner parties. Cassidy also assists on the Public Events Committee and Fall Fest Committee, and works closely with both Freesound and Tiny Dorm. Outside of SGA, they are also a member of the Studio Art SEPC, co-editor of the bi-annual comic zine “The Sequence”, and a barista at the local coffee shop Saint’s Rest. Cassidy’s main goal as Concerts Chair this year is to prioritize booking women of color and LGBTQ+ artists.
Senators are elected each semester to represent their designated constituencies at Campus Council. Constituencies are divided into six dorm clusters and an off-campus college-owned and non-college owned housing cluster – Canada, Clangrala, Smounker, Loosehead, Jamaland, East Campus, and Off-Campus. Senators are students’ direct means of representation to Campus Council. Senators report Campus Council activities to their constituency and solicit constituents’ opinions in turn representing those opinions at Campus Council. Senators are also responsible for writing, debating, and enacting SGA legislation, approving budgets and sitting on two committees. Students interested in running for senator need to turn in a brief statement of intent to Election Board in order to be on the ballot for the elections. Students not on the ballot can still run as write-in candidates. In order to run for Senator, a student must meet the following criteria: be enrolled in Grinnell for at least one semester, be in good academic standing, and not be a member of student staff.
Spring 2019 Senators
Full bios and office hours on the Senators can be seen over at our Senators page.
Canada: Carlos Piedrasanta,Steven McDowell,Tali Tesar
Clangrala: Elizabeth Collinger, Julian Ashton Aveling
Smounker: Prerana Adhikari, Puravi Nath
LaKerRoJe: Amelia Zoernig, Patrick Goldammer, Rande Nieto
Loosehead: Declan Jones, Lukas Mendel, Syamala Gumidyala
Jamaland: Mary DaVega, Luca Nelson
OCCO/OCNCO: June Christian, Carrie Stallings, Sophie Doddimeade
The Class Ambassador Program was developed to foster a sense of affinity among their class year and towards Grinnell College.Two individuals from each class year are selected to serve as the class ambassadors for their respective year. Class ambassadors are selected through an open application process facilitated by the three key drivers of the program (Student Government Association, Student Alumni Council, and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations). Individuals serve a one-year term and may reapply for additional terms if they so choose. First Year Class Ambassadors are chosen second semester through an application process.
2018-2019 Class Ambassadors!
Please welcome your class ambassadors!
Class of 2019: Bryce Lew & Kiara Borosky [seniorca]
Class of 2020: Mahira Faran, Yoli Martin & Carson Peters [thirdyearca]
Class of 2021: Rachel Hinkley & Hallela Hinton-Williams [secondyearca]
Class of 2022: Madeline McCabe & Francesca Dalla Betta [firstyearca]
We also have the full descriptions of the Class Ambassadors.
President of the Senate Lana Katai
Lana Katai is a second year from in London, England who currently resides in Dayton, Ohio. She is a Chinese and English double major. During her first year, Lana served as the Class Ambassador for the class of 2021. Outside of SGA she is a PCPOP Mentor, member of the Chinese/Japanese SEPC, and a member of the Women’s Swim and Dive team. On most days you can find her zooming around campus or talking about her favourite drama TV shows.
Technology Advisor Addison Gould
Addison Gould is a fourth year Computer Science major from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. Outside of SGA, Addison serves as the leader of International Soccer Club and hosts a radio show on KDIC with Class Ambassador Bryce Lew ’19. He has previously worked as a Community Advisor and ITS Technology Consultant.