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 2019-2020
President Regina Logan
I’m from Portland, OR, and am a 4th year majoring in economics and policy studies. I’m passionate about government reform and connecting historically underrepresented people to the political process. Outside of SGA, I enjoy watching political dramas and comedies, bad reality T.V., reading, playing chess, weight lifting, and learning to cook (slowly).
Vice President of Academic Affairs Gracee Wallach
Gracee Wallach is a fourth year Sociology major and Policy Studies concentrator, serving as SGA’s Vice President of Academic Affairs for the 2019-2020 school year. As VPAA, she is the liaison between students and faculty, staff, and administration on all academic matters—in this role, she hopes to bring critical conversations about academic matters to Grinnell students’ mainstream and hopes that students will see academics as an essential avenue for social change on campus. This year, her goals could be summed up as follows: empowering students and SEPCs, decolonizing the curriculum, publicizing research and academic resources, leveling the playing field of institutional knowledge, bettering student and professor feedback, and working on the Grinnell Undergraduate Research Journal (GURJ). Reach out to me at [vpaa1] or stop by my office in JRC 222-C with questions, suggestions, concerns, or ideas for projects for me to take on or for us to work on together this year.
Vice President of Student Affairs Saketan Anand
Saketan Anand is a third year Spanish and Economics double major from Mumbai, India. In his role as the Vice President of Student Affairs, he serves as the representative of student concerns on matters of student life to faculty and administration. He co-chairs the Committee on Student Life and Harm Reduction Committee and is also a resource for students to voice their concerns related to a variety of things including Dining, Residence Life, Safety and Health and Wellness. He was previously a Freesound manager and an organising member of TinyDorm Concerts, a member of the Grinnell Ultimate Frisbee team and a bassist/singer on the Latin American Ensemble. In his spare time, he is part of a band called Sorry We’re Late! Follow them on Instagram @sorrywerlate.
Administrative Coordinator Quinn Ercolani
Treasurer Amanda Weber
Amanda Weber is the SGA Treasurer. She is a third-year English and Computer Science 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, feedback, or book recommendations.
Assistant Treasurer Oscar Buchanan
Oscar Buchanan (he/him/his) ’21 is the 2019-2020 Assistant Treasurer, which means he is the second person to handle every piece of money that goes through SGA. In this role, he is intent on making the funding process more accessible and leveraging SGA funds to make Grinnell a healthier, welcoming community for each human on Grinnell’s campus. He previously worked as a Community Advisor in Younker. As a student, he studies mathematics and history with a concentration in policy studies. As a person, Oscar cares deeply about music, housing justice and community organizing. He loves to hear about student projects and make them happen! He will happily listen to student input, answer questions about SGA funding policy, talk about Latin American revolutions and city design, or listen to any song you recommend during his office hours or via email. Email [sga2] with questions, suggestions, recommendations and requests!
All-Campus Events Chair (Spring) Lana Katai
Services Coordinator Eric Kasprzyk
Eric Kasprzyk (he/him/his) is a fourth year Political Science and Russian double major from Chicago, Illinois. He serves as the Services Coordinator and Student Programming Chair, registering and funding student organizations, organizing major volunteering events on campus, and acting as a liaison between the student body and the City of Grinnell. He has been involved in the Liberal Arts in Prison Program, Campus Democrats, and has served as co-chair of Weekend.
Diversity & Outreach Coordinator Syamala Neeraja
Syamala Neeraja she/her is a third year Computer Science major and American Studies Concentrator. She is taking over for Tucker as the Spring 2020 Diversity and Outreach Coordinator. As the DOC, she sits on various committees such as Title IX, Restorative Justice, and The Council on Diversity and Inclusion. Along with meetings, she has a hand in other roles on cabinet and how their jobs intersect with diversity and inclusion. She also handles the outreach and communications aspect of SGA with posters, social media, emails, and more. Feel free to contact Syamala at [doc] if you have any questions about SGA’s mission of diversity and inclusion or outreach.
Concerts Chair Lukas Mendel
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.
Fall 2019 Senators
Full bios and office hours on the Senators can be seen over at our Senators page.
Canada: Carlos Piedrasanta, Quinn Renaud, Ashton Aveling
Clangrala: Ray Goedeker
Smounker: Justin Richard, Andy Kenley
LaKerRoJe: Annie Li, Dean Burrell, Raven McClendon
Loosehead: Elena Copell, C’Erra Houston, Fernando Rodriguez
Jamaland: Harper Smith, Steven Saada
OCCO/OCNCO: Felipe Monteforte Ferreira, Errol Blackstone, 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 2020: [seniorca] Carson Peters and Yoli Martin
Class of 2021: [thirdyearca] Rachel Hinkley and Peony Teo
Class of 2022: [secondyearca] Madeline McCabe and Camila Hassler
Class of 2023: [firstyearca] Josie Noland and Shubhi Devrani
We also have the full descriptions of the Class Ambassadors.
President of the Senate Tess Kerkhof
Hello, I’m Tess!
I’m a third year from Iowa, I’m majoring in Studio Art and Economics. I’m excited to be tuned into the senate happenings as the President, and facilitate meaningful policy on our campus. I also work heavily in residence like and service on campus, and would love to talk about these things with you!
Technology Advisor Vidush Goswami
Vidush Goswami ’21 is a junior majoring in Computer Science and Political Science. He grew up in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Rotorua, New Zealand. He also serves as the Social Coordinator for the International Student Organization, and the Secretary of the South Asian Student Organization. In his free time, he enjoys singing, and pretending he knows how to dance.