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Emma Solomon

Emma Solomon

Academic Chair

Majors: International Affairs
Concentration: International Development, Conflict Resolution
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Emma is a junior originally from Westchester County, New York. Her academic interests include immigration, gender equality, and achieving equitable public health in Latin America and the Middle East. Outside of SIR, she is involved with No Lost Generation, a student org committed to advocating for refugees. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, running up and down the national mall at sunrise/sunset, and attempting to eat at every single DC restaurant.

Jacob Tafrate

Jacob Tafrate

Intramural Sports Representative

Major: International Affairs, Geography
Minor: GIS
Concentration: Environmental Studies
Pronouns: he/him/his

Jacob is originally from West Hartford, CT and is a senior at the Elliott School. Jacob is most interested in the impacts of climate change in the arctic. He is involved in research at GW and spent this past august doing fieldwork in remote Alaska on permafrost thaw. In his free time he enjoys watching and playing soccer, hiking, and reading.

Krithi Sriram

Krithi Sriram

New Member Integration Chair

Major: International Affairs
Minor: WGSS, Arabic
Concentration: Conflict Resolution
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Krithi Sriram was born in Durango, Colorado, but calls a variety of cities around the world her home. She spent her elementary school years living in Mumbai, India – an experience that inspired her interests in international affairs. Krithi is interested in gender politics in international affairs and looking into how gender systems and structures influence a country’s foreign policy. Outside of SIR, Krithi is a member of the 21-23 Dean’s Scholars Cohort and does a lot of volunteering through the Nashman Center. She is also part of GW Raas, the university’s premier Raas Garba team (they placed third in the nation last year!!).

Olivia Guo

Olivia Guo

Alumni Relations Chair

Major: International Affairs, Finance
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Olivia is a junior from Shandong, China, who’s studying International Affairs and Finance. She is interested in US-China relations, international economy and consulting fields. Olivia has worked as a research assistant at Chongyang Institute for Financial Studies, Renmin University and a PR at H+K Strategies. In her spare time, she loves dancing, watching movies and listening to music.

David Zhang

David Zhang

Recruitment Chair

Majors: International Affairs, Economics
Minor: Marketing
Concentration: Comparative Social and Economic Systems
Personal pronouns: he/him/his

David is currently a junior at the Elliott School. He is a double major in IA and Econ with a minor in marketing. He spent 12 years in Shanghai and 8 years in New Zealand and can speak both Mandarin and English fluently. He is generally interested in international politics and public relations as he is also the president of the Global China Connection at GWU and a part of the international student association.

Avantika Ramanathan

Avantika Ramanathan

Recruitment Chair

Majors: International Affairs
Minor: Organizational Sciences
Concentration: International Politics
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Avanti is a sophomore from Georgia. She’s also lived in India and Brazil (and most recently, the Vern). She was formerly in the Women’s Leadership Program International Arts and Culture cohort. Last year, Avanti was SIR’s VP of Marketing and this year she is the treasurer of the Humanitarian Mapping Society. In her free time, Avanti loves watching films, painting, and karaoke.

Savannah Sauers

Savannah Sauers

Recruitment Chair

Major: International Affairs
Minor: GIS
Concentration: Asia
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Savannah is a junior from Pennsylvania, majoring in International Affairs with a minor in GIS. She is interested in researching the political economies of East and Southeast Asia. She is part of the GWIKS Undergraduate Research Fellowship and a member of the Global Bachelor’s Program. In her free time, she enjoys collecting maps and exploring cities.

Brenda Santiago-Ramos

Brenda Santiago-Ramos

Social Chair

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Matt Staff

Matt Staff

Alternative Greek Representative

Major: International Affairs, Political Science
Concentration: International Politics
Minor: French
Pronouns: he/him/his

Matt is a junior from Ann Arbor, Michigan. In addition to his involvement with SIR, he volunteers for various environmental conservation groups in the DMV area and participates in GW’s intramural basketball. In his free time, he enjoys sightseeing, running, hiking, and playing basketball.

Shreya Sathish

Shreya Sathish

Social Chair

Major: International Affairs
Minor: Dance
Concentrations: Asia, Global Public Health
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Shreya was born and raised in Fremont, California. She is a sophomore studying International Affairs with a minor in dance. Her hobby is dancing, and she has been dancing since she was five! She has been volunteering with domestic violence organizations for the past four years. She love Thai food, reading, and rom coms!

Sarah Bernabe

Sarah Bernabe

Webmaster

Majors: International Affairs, Economics
Minor: Computer Science
Concentration: International Economics
Personal Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarah is a junior from New Jersey. She is interested in international economics, data science, and geography. In addition to SIR, she has been a research assistant and played trombone in GW Bands. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the DC area, going to the movies, and listening to music.

Shivani Desai

Shivani Desai

Professional Development Chair

Majors: International Affairs
Concentration: International Development
Minors: Political Science, Economics
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Shivani is from Suwanee, Georgia (born and raised) and is currently a second-year student. While she haven’t lived anywhere else or studied abroad yet, She has been to 5 of the 7 continents! Within IA, she is interested in development, mainly in aiding development countries, and hopes to study abroad in either Northern Africa or in South Asia. Outside of SIR, she is involved in GW College Dems, GW AASA & GW Mutual Aid. She loves learning languages (5 and counting), hiking, dancing, and playing instruments, and can’t wait for this upcoming year in SIR and to serve our membership!

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Andrea Grimaldo

Andrea Grimaldo

Social Media Chair

Major: International Affairs, Philosophy (Public Affairs Focus)
Concentrations: Conflict Resolution
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Andrea is a junior from Houston, TX. She is studying International Affairs and Philosophy and is a Cisneros scholar at the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. In addition to SIR, she is part of GW’s College Next Door, The Diversity & Inclusion Assembly of the Student Association, and GW’s Voices for Choices. During her free time, she enjoys podcasting, running on the national mall, and spending time with friends.