Stewards and staff

See below for a directory of our stewards and staff. Jump to: Unit Representatives, Organizing Committee Chairs, GSAS Humanities Stewards, GSAS STEM Stewards, GSAS Professional Schools Stewards, GSAS Steinhardt Stewards, GSAS Tandon Stewards, or UAW Staff.

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Unit Representatives

Ishwari Alve

I’m a master’s student pursuing Tech Management at NYU. I joined GSOC as an international student in my very first semester and served as a steward for 2 consecutive semesters (Fall and Spring). I’m excited to work with fellow members, advocate for the rights of our graduate workers and build on the massive win of GSOC’s new contract.

Contact Ishwari at isa4102@nyu.edu.

Tova Benjamin

I’m a fifth-year PhD candidate in history and Jewish studies, and have been organizing with GSOC in different capacities since 2020. I was inspired by the energy and organizing during our last strike and our historic contract wins. As a Fall unit rep, I am committed to building our union power and keeping alive GSOC’s traditions of rank and file led unionism. I’m excited to defend our contract and help protect the rights of my fellow graduate workers.

Contact Tova at tovabenjamin@gmail.com.

Ryan Bloes

Hi! My name is Ryan, I’m a NYU Master’s Student in Steinhardt, sound guy, educator, researcher, musician, and fellow student worker. I’ve organized with GSOC since the start of 2020 and was an active member of the last contract campaign. I’m excited to continue to advocate for class politics in the university, disability justice, justice for our international and immigrant students and support against power based harassment in our workplaces. I also organize within tenants unions in Queens, cook, watch/occasionally play baseball and chill with my cat Nimbus.

Contact Ryan at ryableys29@gmail.com.


Organizing Committee Chairs

Anila Gill

I’m a PhD candidate in Cinema Studies, a former Bargaining Committee member and a former Unit Rep with GSOC. As OC Co-Chair, I look forward to organizing with the rank-and-file and building power across schools and campuses.

Contact Anila at anila.gill@gmail.com.

Barbie Kim

I am a second year master student at the Institute of Fine Arts studying art history with an interest in 20th century history. I believe in advocating fundamental rights of graduate workers at higher education through community building and organizing.

Contact Barbie at barbiekimart@gmail.com.

Arundhati Velamur

I am a former bargaining committee member and Ph.D. student in education. I believe strongly in the power of rank and file democracy and am committed to a union that organizes around anti-racist, anti-casteist, and abolitionist goals.

Contact Arundhati at arundhati.velamur@gmail.com.


Stewards

Humanities

GSAS Humanities A
  • Anthropology Department
  • Linguistics Department
  • English Department
  • Environmental Studies Department
  • Fales Library & Special Collections
  • Music Department
Nick Silcox

I am a 3rd year PhD student in English. I became involved with GSOC and eventually became a steward because unions are critical infrastructure in building a community that is based around collective power and dignity.

Contact Nick at nisilcox1@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities B
  • Asian Pacific American Institute
  • East Asian Studies
  • European and Mediterranean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Creative Writing Program
  • Center for the Humanities
  • Expository Writing
  • Writing Program
  • Institute of African-American Affairs
  • Center for the Study of Africa and the African Diaspora
  • Africa House
  • SocHum Reference Services 
Shaindel Tomasovitch

I organize because I am a working class person seeking better working/learning conditions, pay, and treatment for all us folks existing under imperialist America; It is necessary to feel supported in such institutions and as a larger community overall. I am currently studying how women and birthing bodies function under capitalism through performance art theory and practice in the Experimental Humanities & Social Engagement program. A fun fact about me is that I play the harp and make riot-grrrl-esque zines!

Contact Shaindel at markitanaomi@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities C
  • Comparative Literature
  • Department of French Literature, Thought and Culture
  • International Relations
  • Ireland House
  • Italian Studies
  • Spanish and Portuguese Language and Literature
  • King Juan Carlos Center
Giulia Sbaffi

I am a 5th year PhD student in Italian. I joined GSOC as an international student worker in my second year and now I take this ​​opportunity to advocate for the collective political processes we honor and commit to as union members.

Contact Giulia at giulia.sbaffi@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities D
  • German Department
  • History Department
  • Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
  • Hebrew and Judaic Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Department of Russian and Slavic Studies
  • Near Eastern Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Jordan Family Center
  • Center for Religion and Media 
Julia Landman

I am a 2nd year PhD student in the Department of German. As a steward and international student worker, I am excited to uphold GSOC’s tradition of building power through solidarity.

Contact Julia at julia.ann.therese@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities E
  • Institute of Fine Arts
  • Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation
  • Institute of Fine Arts Library
  • Art History
  • College Core Curriculum
Elyse Howell

Hi! I’m Elyse, a second year MA student at the Institute of Fine Arts. At the IFA I’m the communications chair and co-social chair of our college’s Graduate Student Association, and I’m so excited to have the opportunity to expand into working with an NYU-wide organization. Also, fun fact: I once hiked five miles up to a Viking ruin in a thunderstorm.

Contact Elyse at e.Howell.170@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities F
  • Philosophy Department
  • Department of Classics
  • CAS
  • CAS-Administration
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World Library
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
Clara Lingle

Contact Clara at claralingle@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities G
  • Sociology Department
  • Politics Department
  • Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
  • Center for Social Media and Politics
  • Social and Cultural Analysis 
  • Center on International Cooperation 
“Lee” L. P. B. Diaz

(she/her)

I’m a fifth-year American Studies PhD candidate and graduate worker in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis. I’m excited to work alongside my fellow stewards to maintain momentum from last year’s historic contract campaign and strike. As a steward, I commit to holding NYU accountable to the terms set forth in our new bargaining agreement and ensuring that graduate workers get the working conditions, wages, and benefits we deserve. Outside of research and union organizing, I love watching baseball, gardening with my wife, and spoiling my toy chihuahua, Joaquin.

Contact Lee at leandra.barrett@gmail.com.

GSAS Humanities F
  • University Administrative Departments
Vacant

GSAS STEM

GSAS STEM A
  • Psychology Department
  • Mathematics
Vacant
GSAS STEM B
  • Center for Data Science
  • Biology and Genomics
  • Center for Neural Science 
Camille Rullán

Contact Camille at camillerullan@gmail.com.

GSAS STEM C
  • Chemistry Department
Sam Epstein

Contact Sam at sepstein13@gmail.com.

GSAS STEM D
  • Non-Tandon Computer Science
  • Courant
  • Physics Department 
Michael Albergo

Contact Michael at michaelsalbergo@gmail.com.


Professional Schools

Professional Schools A
  • Undergraduate Drama 
  • ​Institute of Performing Arts 
  • Cinema Studies 
  • Graduate Film 
  • Performance Studies 
  • Graduate Acting 
  • Graduate Musical Theater Writing 
  • Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute 
  • Theatrical Production 
  • Hemispheric Institute 
Simon Schatzberg

Contact Simon at simon.schatzberg@gmail.com.

Professional Schools B
  • Dramatic Writing 
  • Interactive Telecommunications Program 
  • Dance Department 
  • Kanbar Finance 
Patrick Spauster

I’m a Master’s of Urban Planning Candidate at NYU Wagner and a Graduate Student Researcher at NYU Furman Center. I help organize a union at the Urban Institute, and I’m proud to continue organizing for the benefit of the NYU community.

Contact Patrick at patrick.spauster@gmail.com.

Professional Schools C
  • Wagner 
  • Marron Institute 
  • Art and Public Policy 
Aaron Posner

I’m a second year MPA student at Wagner, studying Public Policy with a focus on Advocacy & Political Action. I believe in the work GSOC does because I know that together we are stronger and that when we work collectively we can win the fight for our rights as workers.

Contact Aaron at aaronsposner@gmail.com.

Professional Schools D
  • Gallatin 
  • STAC Graduate Assistant 
  • Game Design 
  • Grey Art Gallery 
  • Jonathan M Tisch Center of Hospitality 
  • Open Arts 
  • Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music 
  • Design for Stage & Film 
  • Schack Institute of Real Estate 
Micaela Suminski

I’m a Masters student at Gallatin studying Critical Disaster Studies and documentary filmmaking. I’m a steward because I want to help my peers and fellow unit members leverage our collective power together! Reach out to talk about union power, Philadelphia, the NBA, skateboarding, the Grateful Dead, the cinematic masterpiece Uncut Gems, your favorite documentaries, or how disasters are socially constructed.

Contact Micaela at micaelasuminski@gmail.com.

Professional Schools E
  • Silver School Of Social Work 
  • Accounting 
  • Berkley Innovation Lab 
  • Center for Sustainability and Business 
  • Department of Technology, Operations and Statistics 
  • Management Communication Program 
  • Endless Frontier Labs 
  • Finance 
  • Finance Department 
  • Learning Science 
  • Management 
  • Marketing Department 
  • MBA Admissions 
  • MBA Admissions and Financial Aid 
  • Stern UC – Deans Office 
  • Center for Applied Liberal Arts 
  • DPB – Technology Programs, LHCM, and CADA- LHCM 
  • DPB – Integrated Marketing Communications Programs 
Lauren Peressini

Contact Lauren at Lauren.Peressini@gmail.com.

Professional Schools F
  • Economics Department
Vacant
Professional Schools G
  • Nursing
  • School of Global Public Health 
  • Cariology and Comprehensive Care 
Vacant

Steinhardt

Steinhardt A
  • Media, Culture, and Communication 
  • Art and Art Professions 
  • PRIISM 
Charlie Muller

I look forward to helping maintain our union’s strength and fighting for NYU to treat its workers with the dignity we deserve. 

Contact Charlie at charmuller555@gmail.com.

Steinhardt B
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Department of Nutrition and Food Studies 
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Metro Center  
Padma Govindarajan

Contact Padma at padma.govind94@gmail.com.

Steinhardt C
  • Administration, Leadership, and Technology 
  • Institute of Human Development & Social Change 
Jenna Schmidt

Contact Jenna at jen.noelle.schmidt@gmail.com.

Steinhardt D
  • Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities 
  • Applied Psychology 
  • LEARN 
  • Communicative Sciences and Disorders  
Vacant
Steinhardt E
  • Music and Performing Arts Professions 
Vacant

Tandon

Tandon A
  • Applied Physics 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Civil and Urban Engineering, C2Smart 
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Civil and Urban Engineering 
  • Bern Dibner Library 
Marwan Shalaby

I am a 3rd year, international PhD student in Chemical Engineering and a steward for the 4th term. My involvement in GSOC stems from the belief that power lies in the hand of workers, as we are the most exposed to the conditions that shape our lives. By coming together and sharing our experiences, we can force NYU to pay us a living wage, cover our healthcare and cut ties with the NYPD, which terrorizes poor, Black and Indigenous workers inside and outside of NYU. I believe that through worker democracy, we can stand our ground when bargaining with our employer, and hopefully build long-standing coalitions across geographies and different vectors of oppression. 

Contact Marwan at marwan.shalaby@gmail.com.

Tandon B
  • Computer Science & Engineering  
Saksham Khetan

Contact Saksham at saksham.khetan@gmail.com.

Tandon C
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
Vacant
Tandon D
  • Mathematics for Engineering 
  • Finance & Risk Engineering 
  • Finance and Administration 
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
Vacant
Tandon E
  • Center for Urban Science and Progress
  • Tandon Tutoring Center Student Tutors 
  • Bern Dibner Library of Science & Technology 
  • Academic Affairs for K-12 Education Program 
  • Makerspace 
  • Graduate Admissions
Shrisha Patil

Contact Shrisha at shrishap0199@gmail.com.

Tandon F
  • Technology Based Learning 
  • Technology Management and Innovation 
  • Technology, Culture and Society 
Radhika Goyanka

I love connecting with new people, listening to new perceptive and their experiences!

Contact Radhika at goyankarr@gmail.com.


UAW Staff

President of Local 2110
Maida Rosenstein

Maida became involved in the union as an office worker at Columbia in the 1980s. She joined the organizing committee immediately, eventually started organizing full time, and the rest is history. She has worked with GSOC since the first negotiations.

Contact Maida at maidarosenstein@2110uaw.org.

Organizer with Local 2110
Olga Brudastova

Olga got involved in the union during the first year of her PhD program at Columbia, in 2014. After graduation, in 2018, she decided to change her career from Civil Engineering to labor organizing. She has represented workers in educational and cultural institutions, and joined GSOC in 2021.

Contact Olga at olgabrudastova@2110uaw.org.