2019 GPA EXECUTIVE BOARD
The Executive Board of GPA meets weekly to discuss upcoming events, the status of each of the branches, and internal affairs. It consists of six elected GPA officers and the heads of each of the three branches.
Justin Greenman - pRESIDENT
Justin Greenman is a sophomore, double majoring in History and Political Science. Before becoming President of GPA, he was Conservative Caucus Chair for the Penn Political Union and Operations Manager for the Penn Political Review. In addition, he is a member of Penn Model Congress as well as PIPAC Political Director. When he’s not in class or doing extracurricular activities, he watches a variety of network television comedies and dramas (Friends > The Big Bang Theory > The Office) and roots for the New York Jets and Mets.
Rachel Steinig - vice president External
Rachel Steinig is a sophomore from Philadelphia planning to major in Political Science and Spanish. Outside of GPA, she is the president of March For Our Lives Penn, is an active member of Penn Democrats, and conducts international relations research on border security. In her free time, she enjoys running, yoga, exploring the outdoors, and frequenting cute coffee shops. She loves to talk about veganism, education politics, human rights, and activism.
jackson maxwell - VICE PRESIDENT Internal
Jackson is a sophomore (Class of 2021) in the College, double-majoring in Sociology and Humanistic Philosophy. In addition to his involvement with GPA, Jackson serves on the Benjamin Franklin Scholars (BFS) Undergraduate Advisory Board and as Vice Chair for the Penn Queer Student Alliance. He also takes pictures for the official University of Pennsylvania Instagram. In his free time, Jackson enjoys exploring the Philadelphia foodie scene (follow him @brunches_n_babes), going to concerts, and doing pretty much anything that keeps up his #aesthetic.
ANdrew liu - vice president of finance
Andrew is a freshman (Class of 2022) in the College from Houston, TX, planning on majoring in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. In addition to his involvement with the Penn Political Union and Polybian Society, he is active in the John Marshall Pre-Law Honor Society. In his free time, Andrew enjoys going to concerts, reading magazines, and eating copious amounts of chili.
SUmant RAO - vice president of marketing
Sumant is a first-year student (Class of 2022) in the College, planning to double-major in English and Mathematics. Outside of his involvement in GPA, he is a member of the University Scholars Program and of the Perspectives in the Humanities Residential Program. His academic interests include British Romanticism and global reproductive health policy. In his free time, Sumant enjoys running, reading, and talking way too much about Virginia Woolf.
chinaza Okonkwo - vice president of membership
Chinaza Ruth Okonkwo, a freshman, is a Benjamin Franklin and Robeson Cooper Scholar in the College, potentially majoring in Political Science and History. She currently serves as the Vice President of Membership for Penn Government and Politics Association. She is also the Secretary and Historian of UMOJA and a member of The Polybian Society, Penn Political Union, The WALK Magazine, The Vision and Penn for Youth Debate.
ELsa Wefes-potter - CONSUL OF THE POLYBIAN SOCIETY
Elsa started coming to Polybian as a freshman during NSO and has participated consistently, becoming the consul for the Spring 2019 semester. She comes from Denver, Colorado and is majoring in Physics but is very interested in Political Science and Philosophy as well. Elsa is also engaged in community service and social justice on campus through Civic House. In her free time, Elsa plays loves playing basketball, making food and grabbing coffee with friends. Wine nights are also a must needed break during midterm season.
Sarah root - SPEAKER OF THE PENN POLITICAL UNION
Sarah is a sophomore in the Vagelos MLS program, studying Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Physics. When not in class, you can usually find her in her lab, where she tries desperately to think positive thoughts at her yeast cells in an effort to make them grow faster (sadly, she’s unwilling to accept that this method doesn’t work). She also likes to cook and is a current resident of the Polybian House! Come stop by sometime!
Lena Leszinsky - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE penn political review
Lena is a junior studying Biology in the College. Outside of GPA and PPR, she is a member of the Polybian Society and is involved with volunteering at the VAMC and the Penn Music Mentoring Program. She is interested in public health research and fun biochemistry facts.