2017 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 five elected GPA officers, three appointed GPA officers, and the heads of each of the three branches.
Whitney stewart- pRESIDENT
Whitney is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in International Relations and double minoring in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Consumer Psychology. She served as the 2015-16 National Youth of the Year and Teen Spokesperson for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this role, she represented the organization’s 4 million youth and met with leaders like Attorney General Loretta Lynch and President Barack Obama. On campus, she is involved with the Global Impact Collaborative and the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association. In her spare time, she enjoys going to concerts, performing spoken word poetry, and reading anything written by Toni Morrison. Feel free to reach out anytime to chat or grab coffee!
Delaney Keenan - vice president internal
Delaney Keenan is a sophomore (Class of 2020) and Benjamin Franklin Scholar in the College of Arts & Sciences planning to study political science and history. She is originally from a small town outside of Toronto, Canada. Delaney is interested in the American political system, theories surrounding political polarization, constitutional law, and international institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the European Union. In addition to her involvement with the GPA, Delaney works at the Penn Law School and does research work with a political science professor. In her spare time, Delaney loves a good novel or binge watching Netflix, and she is an aspiring world traveler and lawyer. She loves to talk about anything Canadian, including Tim Hortons, universal healthcare, and Toronto’s very own Drake.
James hiebert - VICE PRESIDENT Internal
James Hiebert is a junior (Class of 2019) majoring in Communications and Economics, with particular interest in labor politics. Born and raised just west of Philadelphia, James has worked at the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and hopes to continue to work in state politics. He has served as the chair of the Whig Caucus, an editor of the Penn Spectrum (RIP) and the producer of Penn’s premier political radio talk show The Divided Line. In his free time, James enjoys doing crossword puzzles and reading.
Elena hoffman- treasurer
Elena Hoffman is a sophomore planning to double major in Political Science and Communications & Public Service with a language certificate in Arabic. This past semester, Elena served as the Deputy Treasurer, and was recently elected to serve as the GPA Treasurer for the 2017 term. Apart from the Government and Politics Association, Elena serves as a New Student Representative on the Penn Undergraduate Assembly, where she is a member of the Dining, Facilities, and Sustainability Committee along with the Communications Team. She also sits on the Penn Residential Services Advisory Board, and serves as a deputy board member on PennDems and a floor representative for Stouffer College House’s Steering Committee. Additionally, she plans to join a sorority. She hails from San Diego, California, and loves adventures, puppies, and sleeping. Throughout this term, Elena hopes to increase GPA funding sources and donations as well as making the reimbursement process easier to navigate. If you have any questions/comments/concerns, please feel free to reach out to her at email@example.com.
Hayley boote - SECRETARY
Hayley is a junior (Class of 2020) in the College planning to major in Political Science and minor in Consumer Psychology. Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, she is a proud Pennsylvanian and Philly sports fanatic. She is primarily interested in education and healthcare policy. Apart from her role as Secretary in Penn's Government and Politics Association, she also sits on the executive boards of Penn for Youth Debate and Penn Circle K. She is also an active member of Phi Alpha Delta and Penn Democrats. This summer, she conducted political science research at Penn and interned at her Senator's Office in D.C. In her free time, Hayley enjoys going skiing and playing with her two golden retrievers.
Brianna Raposo - CONSUL OF THE POLYBIAN SOCIETY
Brianna is a junior majoring in Health & Societies with a concentration in Health Care Markets and Finance and minoring in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. She loves everything New England - especially her home state of Massachusetts. Frequent cups of clam chowder, casually saying “wicked”, and an everlasting love for Tom Brady come with the territory. She is a photographer with the DP, a Manager at Rodin College House, and Secretary of the Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition. Last year, she was a fellow for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign and served as Scriptor for Polybian. You can usually find her meandering around campus taking pictures of friends/squirrels and chatting about her love for HRC, Beyoncé, potatoes (her favorite stem), or her chihuahua, Peanut.
Brian Doyle - SPEAKER OF THE PENN POLITICAL UNION
Brian is a junior studying political science in the College. When he’s not investing too much time and energy following the Philadelphia Eagles, he can be found reading the newspaper, watching movies and arguing with people on the internet.
Elizabeth peng - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF THE penn political review
Elizabeth Peng is a junior (Class of 2018) studying Finance and Legal Studies in The Wharton School and Anthropology in the College. Within the political realm, she is especially interested in comparative systems of law, the global economy, race relations and cultural conflict, and of course, political journalism. Other interests include the art market (and antiquities trade) and capital markets. In addition to serving as the Editor-in-Chief of PPR, she sits on the Executive Board of the Clio Society and enjoys volunteering with Penn Weekend Service. A Northern California native, she loves trying out new health and lifestyle trends as well as reading through a copious amount of blogs and newsletters.
Julia lesko - director of Membership
Julia Lesko is a sophomore (Class of 2020) that is pursuing a double major in Political Science in the College and Environmental Management and Finance in Wharton. She is interested in environmental science, business, and politics, and at this moment can vaguely say she is hoping to get involved with the renewable energy industry after graduation. Born in Boston and raised in Florida, Julia thoroughly enjoys the Philadelphia weather and the city atmosphere. Prior to becoming the Director of Membership, Julia served as a Deputy Director of Membership. She is also a member of the Polybian Society and is involved with the Fossil Free Penn campaign as the Policy Coordinator.