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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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GSAS Humanities A
  • Anthropology Department
  • Linguistics Department
  • English Department
  • Environmental Studies Department
  • Fales Library & Special Collections
  • Music Department
Ben Gaillard-Garrido

Hi! I’m a first-year PhD Student in Latin American and Caribbean History, from Colombia and Switzerland. Count on me for anything you might need!

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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 
Gabe Levine-Drizin

Howdy! I’m a third-year PhD student studying Latin American History focusing on Colombia during the Cold War. When I’m not studiously revising GSOC’s contract to make sure I can best fight for you (and us!), I’m either coaching rock climbing or biking around. My first experience with GSOC was walking the picket line as a non-member, and as a steward now, I’ll work hard to make NYU the just and equitable community that it so often claims to be!

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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.

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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 
Alec Shea

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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.

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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
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 
Jonah Inserra

Hello everyone, my name’s Jonah and I’m a first-year joint PhD student in French and History studying post-revolutionary Haiti. I’m organizing with GSOC because several years working in the restaurant industry (and studying history) have made clear to me the power of organized labor. I also relish the community and camaraderie that organizing and the union provide!

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GSAS Humanities H
  • University Administrative Departments


  • Psychology Department
  • Mathematics
  • Center for Data Science
  • Biology and Genomics
  • Center for Neural Science 
  • Chemistry Department
Sam Epstein

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  • Non-Tandon Computer Science
  • Courant
  • Physics Department 

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 
Phoebe Chen
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.

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

Micaela Suminski is a first-year graduate student at Gallatin, the Graduate Assistant for STAC, and a proud member of UAW Local 2110. At Gallatin, she studies documentary filmmaking with a focus on critical disaster studies and urban labor crises. She is currently working on films about app-based food delivery bikers and Occupy Sandy, an anarchist-led mutual aid network that operated in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

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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

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

Contact Scarlett at


Steinhardt A
  • Media, Culture, and Communication 
  • Art and Art Professions 
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

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

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

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


Tandon A
  • Applied Physics 
  • Biomedical Engineering 
  • Civil and Urban Engineering, C2Smart 
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
  • Civil and Urban Engineering 
  • Bern Dibner Library 
Tandon B
  • Computer Science & Engineering  
Hardi Ramani

Here to make a difference

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Tandon C
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
Kaustubh Yeole

I’m a Master’s in Computer Engineering candidate at NYU Tandon. I’m excited to work with fellow members, advocate for the rights, building power across schools, and expand into working with an NYU-wide organization.

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Tandon D
  • Mathematics for Engineering 
  • Finance & Risk Engineering 
  • Finance and Administration 
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
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
Abirami Ravishankar

I’m Abirami, a graduate student in the Computer Engineering Department. I absolutely love public speaking.

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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!

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UAW Staff

President of 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.

Olga was elected President of Local 2110 in 2022.

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