Bios & List of Duties

President - Alicia Houser

Hometown:  Third culture kid
Undergraduate Institution: Austin College
Undergraduate Major(s): International Relations, African Studies
Graduate Degree/Major: MPIA/Security and Intelligence Studies


Vice President- Scott Dempsey
Hometown: Slippery Rock, PA
Undergraduate Institution: Mercyhurst University
Undergraduate Major(s): Intelligence Studies, Russian Studies
Graduate Degree/Major: MPIA/International Political Economy, Security and Intelligence Studies


Director of Finance- Christopher Biermann

Hometown: Technically Munich Germany, but Roseville, CA
Undergraduate Institution: Valparaiso University
Undergraduate Major(s): Biology, German, Spanish, Chemistry minor
Graduate Degree/Major: MPIA/Security and Intelligence Studies


Director of Events- Ash Kumar

Birth Place: Gujarat, India    Native Place: Kerala, India
Undergraduate Institution: Center for Environmental Planning and Technology (CEPT) University
Undergraduate Major(s): Urban Planning
Graduate Degree/Major:Public Administration/ Governance and International Public Management


Director of Communications- Natalie Boydston

Hometown:  The “Thumb” of Michigan (but has called Pittsburgh her home for seven years)
Undergraduate Institution: Ohio University
Undergraduate Major(s): Wildlife Biology
Graduate Degree/Major: Master of International Development/ Urban Affairs and Planning

International Student Representative- Fiona Gao

Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate Institution: University of Intl’ Business and Economics (Beijing, China)
Undergraduate Major(s): International Economics, Trade and Finance
Graduate Degree/Major: MID Energy & Environment joint MPH



MID Representative- Brittany Satterfield


MPA Representative- Jessica Jankowski

Hometown:  Saugus, MA
Undergraduate Institution: UMass Amherst
Undergraduate Major(s): Political Science / English
Graduate Degree/Major: MPA Energy & Environment
 of Public Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management


MPIA Representative- Chelsea Buckwalter

Hometown: Indiana, PA 
Undergraduate Institution: Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)
Undergraduate Major(s): Finance, French minor
Graduate Degree/Major: MPIA Human Security



MPPM Representative- Sloane Davidson


Part-time Student Representative- Perrie Bell

Hometown:   Monaca, Pennsylvania

Undergraduate Institution: Pitt

Undergraduate Major(s):  Communications
Graduate Degree/Major:  Master in Public Administration, Public and Nonprofit Management


PhD Student Representative- Erin Carbone

Hometown: Whitehouse Station, NJ 
Undergraduate Institution: Barnard College, Columbia University
Undergraduate Major(s): Economics, Psychology
Graduate Degree/Major: International Development, Policy Research and Analysis



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