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.

Evy Vannoy

Evy Vannoy

VP of Membership

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Religion
Concentration: Conflict Resolution

Evy was born in Phoenix, Arizona but moved to Antalya, Turkey as a newborn, where she spent her time swimming in the Mediterranean and eating copious amounts of baklava. Consequently, she is interested in Turkish-US relations and regional conflicts in the Middle East, as well as how religion affects culture and policy. In her free time, Evy is an avid fan of all types of art, having spent most of her life as a ballet dancer. Her favorite things at GW are Roti, the 6th floor of Duques, and SIR of course. You can usually find her at the Kennedy Center, at a concert, or sitting in patches of sunlight procrastinating by attempting to paint with watercolors.

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.

Hailey Knowles

Hailey Knowles

VP of Professional Development

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Statistics, Arabic

Hailey was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is a Junior studying International Affairs with minors in Statistics and Arabic. While at GW, Hailey has interned at the Red Cross, Brookings, and USIP and has an interest in combining statistical research with international affairs. In her free time, Hailey enjoys hiking, predicting the Bachelor ending, and eating every spicy chip available.

Michael Raphael

Michael Raphael

VP of Marketing

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Arabic Studies
Concentration: Middle East

Michael is a junior born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He credits his interest in the Middle East/North Africa region in large part due to his Coptic heritage and periodical visits to the region throughout his early life. When he is not studying, he could be found practicing his Arabic skills with relatives, curating his ever-expanding Arabic music playlist, indulging in period-piece dramas, jump-roping, and occasionally finding (inner) balance with yoga.

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.

Abigail Wilson

Abigail Wilson

VP of Philanthropy

Major: Journalism & Mass Communication, French
Minor: International Affairs

Abigail (Abby) is a sophomore from Wilmette, Illinois. She plans to pursue a career in journalism with an international affairs focus, hopefully travelling and seeing the world along the way! She has interned for a documentary production firm in D.C. and is now an assistant teacher for a French-language immersion ballet school. She is also a lead ambassador for The Women’s Network at GW. Outside of class, Abby loves to dance, read, and discover new music.

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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.