Executive Board

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Ryan Mackler

Ryan Mackler

President

Major: International Affairs, Economics
Concentration: International Politics

Ryan spent the last fall semester in an Arabic language immersion program in Amman, Jordan. His academic areas of interest include the intersection of geopolitics, economics, and energy demand, international and supranational organizations, and energy policy. Outside of the classroom, Ryan enjoys playing and coaching tennis, hiking (something he has taken advantage since being in DC, as his native Florida is notoriously flat), and attending country music concerts.

Melanie Ordóñez

Melanie Ordóñez

Executive Vice President

Major: International Affairs
Minors: Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Economics
Concentration: International Development

Melanie was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Within academics, Melanie’s focus is political analysis in LATAM, LAC’s regional cooperation, and gender equality in international affairs. Outside of school, Melanie enjoys watching Netflix and exploring different restaurants in DC. She loves fried plantains (patacones) with every piece of her heart. This last fall she studied abroad in Sciences Paris where she took courses in gender and development, welfare systems in Europe, and public international law. As Executive Vice President, Melanie looks to improve the members’ engagement with SIR and ensuring diversity and inclusion are always at the forefront of our organization.

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Dante Schulz

Dante Schulz

VP of Membership

Major: International Affairs, History
Minor: Chinese
Concentration: Asia

Dante was born and raised in New York City. Consequently, being a New Yorker became his only personality trait. He has interned at several think tanks and NGOs in Washington and New York and currently serves as the assistant video editor for The GW Hatchet. His interests within IA include the effects of intergenerational trauma on current affairs, formulating religious-based peacebuilding efforts, and the protection of free media worldwide. In his free time, Dante likes to take hours-long walks through the city, ride the metro to explore D.C.’s neighborhoods, and edit videos.

Nupur Savani

Nupur Savani

VP of Academics

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Sustainability
Concentrations: Africa, International Development
Personal Pronouns: She/her/hers

Nupur is a senior and an international student from Kenya. In addition to her involvement with SIR as an academic chair and a recruitment chair, she is also a member of the community service sorority, Epsilon Sigma Alpha. Her favorite service has been hosting bingo nights and manicure mornings for the St. Mary’s retirement home residents. During her junior year, she studied abroad at SOAS, University of London engaging in decolonial studies. She enjoys listening to French, Spanish, and South Asian music, eating spicy food, and watching rom coms.

Kateryna Stepanenko

Kateryna Stepanenko

VP of Professional Development

Major: International Affairs, Russian
Minor: Italian
Concentration: Europe and Eurasia

Kateryna (Kat) was born and raised in Kyiv, Ukraine, and moved to New York in middle school. Fluent in Ukrainian, Russian, and English, she is interested in using her languages to research Russian disinformation warfare, and freedom of the press in the post-Soviet world. She has interned at the American Enterprise Institute’s Media Relations Department and is the Metro News staff writer for the GW Hatchet. As a hobby, Kat loves studying fashion merchandising, drawing, and talking about New York City.

Avantika Ramanathan

Avantika Ramanathan

VP of Marketing

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Organizational Sciences
Concentration: International Politics

Avanti is a sophomore from Georgia. She’s also lived in India and Brazil (and most recently, the Vern). She’s also a part of the Global Bachelor’s Program Belfast cohort and formerly, the Women’s Leadership Program international arts and culture cohort. Currently, Avanti dances with GW Bhangra and is on the GW Model UN travel team. This year, she’s the under-secretary general for regional bodies and councils at the annual WAMUNC XXIII. In her free time, Avanti loves watching films, painting, and curating playlists.

Blaise Schaefer

Blaise Schaefer

VP of Finance

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Geographic Information Systems
Concentration: Security Policy

Blaise is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona who has spent every summer of his life in Montana. He is studying international affairs and absolutely loves any map he can get his hands on. Outside of the classroom, he coaches high school speech and debate and creates immersive simulations with GW Strategic Crisis Simulations.

Jessica Gillette

Jessica Gillette

VP of Internal Affairs

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Geographic Information Systems
Concentration: Global Public Health

Jess is a senior from Houston, Texas but has lived all over the place in the US, from Florida to Alaska. During her time in DC, she has interned on Capitol Hill, for a geography non-profit, and for an environmental security LLC. On campus, she’s involved in Campaign GW and the GW College Democrats, and works as a Student Access Monitor for the GWPD. She loves breakfast food, binge-watching shows, and trying new restaurants in DC.

Emily Philbrook

Emily Philbrook

VP of Philanthropy

Major: International Affairs
Concentration: Conflict Resolution, International Environmental Studies

Emily Philbrook is a sophomore at George Washington University and part of the Global Bachelor’s Belfast program. When she’s not in class you can find her on the mall practicing with the Womxn’s ultimate frisbee team, in the Hell Well basement training with GW’s club boxing team, trying to focus in the best library on campus (Eckles), or calling her mom to talk about her day. Most Sunday mornings she tries her best to make it to Friends Meeting Washington, the closest Quaker meeting house in DC.

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Caden Carver

Caden Carver

Ombudsperson

Major: International Affairs
Minors: Music, Business Administration
Concentration: International Economics

Caden is a junior originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and before coming to GW he lived in Seoul, South Korea under the State Department’s National Security Language Initiate for Youth. He is currently working as Peer Advisor for the Elliott School and as a pro bono consultant for local DC non-profit organizations through Community Engagement Consulting. In his free time, Caden enjoys singing at the White House, on the local news, and around the DMV area with the GW Troubadours.

Cindy Bae

Cindy Bae

VP of Social

Major: International Affairs
Concentration: International Politics

Cindy is a senior at the Elliott School interested in studying foreign policy and US-Asia relations. Born and raised in South Korea until moving to the US at the age of ten, Cindy has always been fond of learning new languages and culture as a third-culture kid. Cindy, who is always down for adventures and interacting with the world beyond her reach, decided to spend her junior year abroad at the London School of Economics where she focused her studies on international relations. To explore her interests and be part of the LSE community, she joined the committees for Political Risk and Investment Society and Modern Language Society. In her free time, Cindy enjoys going to the gym with her friends, exploring cafes and bars, and listening to Spanish podcasts while walking her family’s Jack Russell Terrier, Toto.

Alexander Gunnerson

Alexander Gunnerson

VP of Alumni Relations

Major: International Affairs, Geography
Minor: Geographic Information Systems
Concentration: International Environmental Studies

Alex is a senior from the state of Illinois. While at GW he has been a Resident Advisor on the Vern and a Peer Advisor in the University Honors Program. When he isn’t studying or interning, he can be found on his bike or in his kitchen.