Graduate Student Organization

GSO Executive Board

Kristen Casano, President

Hello! My name is Kristen Casano and I am delighted to serve as the GSO President this year. I am a second-year graduate student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. I enjoy working with students, and I am currently a graduate assistant in the NYU Center for Student Activities, Leadership, and Service (CSALS). I completed my undergraduate degree in Science and Technology Studies at the NYU School of Engineering. I am always here to answer your questions, so do not hesitate to contact me!

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Presides at and coordinates the agenda for the Board and Council meetings
  • Represents the GSO at various meetings, including the Steinhardt Faculty Meetings and the University Committee on Student Life (UCSL) meetings
  • Oversees all GSO related matters and delegates assignments to Board members

Gee Salas, Vice President

Hi, my name is Gee Salas, and I will be serving as the Vice President for Steinhardt GSO this year. I am a second-year graduate student in the School Counseling K-12 program under the Applied Psychology department. I am originally from the Bay Area in California. I attended the University of California-Santa Cruz (go Banana Slugs) where I graduated with a bachelors degree in Sociology and was a student organizer for the Filipino Student Association. Prior to NYU I was a college adviser for the national program College Advising Corps in affiliation with the University of California-Berkeley. I am highly interested in helping first-generation students, like myself, pursue pathways in college and career. As a student organizer I look forward to serving my fellow students and enhancing their graduate experience through collaboration. If you have any suggestions on how I can meet your needs, please don't hesitate to email me.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the liaison between club and department representatives
  • Conducts elections and executive board appointment processes
  • Represents the GSO on the Faculty Affairs Council

Randi Amalfitano, Secretary 

Hi! My name is Randi Amalfitano and I'm thrilled to be serving a second term on GSO, this time as your secretary. I am a second year part-time student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program with the hopes of working with student clubs and leadership, especially Greek Life. I currently work at NYU Law in the Office of Career Services; we help future lawyers get employed! I graduated from NYU in 2014 with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing, and Psychology. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, and feedback in terms of making sure GSO serves you the best that we can. 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Keeps minutes at all board and council meetings 
  • Records attendance records and tallies votes during board and council meetings 
  • May attend school standing committee meetings, or represent GSO at other events/meetings

Maggie Li, Publicity Chair

Hello! I am Maggie and I am excited to serve as the Publicity Chair for the second term this year. I am a second-year graduate student in the Digital Media Design for Learning program. Prior to NYU, I achieved my undergraduate degree in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language back in my hometown, Shanghai. I always enjoy being involved in student work and am willing to help all the time. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all social media
  • Designs and maintains the weekly newsletter
  • Ensures consistency with GSO branding

Melissa Martinez, Events Coordinator 

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Organizes, promotes, advertises, and executes all events sponsored by the GSO
  • Elicits ideas for events from the student body
  • May attend school standing committee meetings, or represent GSO at other events/meetings


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Represents the GSO at University Senate/Student Senators Council (SSC), School Senate, and University Committee on Student Life (UCSL)
  • Reports to the Board and Council members at the regular meetings the current issues of concern before the NYU Senate, School Senate, and the UCSL
  • Simultaneously is a member of the School Senate and coordinates the activities of all graduate student representatives to the School Senate


Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Plans the budget for the year
  • Tracks and updates the Board on the budget
  • Works with department representatives, executive board members, and Competitive Professional Development Reimbursement Fund winners on fund reimbursement 


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