Executive Committee

Current Officers and Position Duties

President: Natasha Bylenok

Natasha Bylenok is pursuing her Master of Public Affairs degree. She received her BA (Hons) in Political Studies from the University of Auckland. After graduation she moved to Austin where she has worked in campaigning, human resources and administration.  Before being elected President of GPAC she served on the Finance Committee. She is a Graduate Fellow with the UT Center for Politics and Governance and a member of the President’s Student Advisory Committee. Tasha is interested in social and economic policy, particularly labor policy.

President Duties:
  • Chair all meetings of the General Assembly and the Executive Committee
  • Be a member of the President's Committee of the Senate of College Councils
  • Be the official spokesperson on behalf of GPAC and the Student Body
  • Liaise with proper authorities to ensure adequate enactment of legislation
  • Attend Standing Committee meetings on a regular basis
 

Vice President: Amara Uyanna

Amara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. She has worked in different capacities with international organizations like Exxon-Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Sustainability International, etc. Currently an MGPS first year student, she's specializing in International Trade, Finance & Development. Her passions revolve around her being instrumental to the development of Africa.

Vice-President Duties:
  • Chair the Academic and Internal Affairs Committee
  • Chair the Judicial Committee
  • Resume president's duty in absence of the President
 

Internal Finance Director: Katherine Whitton

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Katherine is a Masters of Global Policy Studies. Originally from the Florida Panhandle, she has two BAs in History and Political Science from the University of Central Florida. After UCF, Katherine joined the US Peace Corps as an education volunteer in Ethiopia (2013-2015). In addition to her graduate studies, she is affiliated with Innovations for Peace and Development (IPD) and volunteered as an Admitted Students Ambassador. Katherine was on GPAC’s finance committee before her election to Internal Finance Director. So far LBJ has led her to complete research in Nepal and a summer internship through AidData at the Economic Policy Research Centre in Kampala, Uganda. Her policy interest includes understanding how different policy areas work together in the international development. ​Internal Finance Director Duties:
  • Chair the Finance Committee with the External Finance Director
  • Responsible for maintaining the financial records of GPAC and possess signing authority for financial transactions
  • Manage the appropriations process and oversee disbursal of funds
  • Be a member of the Finance Committee of the Senate of College Councils
 

Student Life Director: Joanna Warren

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Joanna Warren is a second year Master of Public Affairs student. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Philosophy from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana. Prior to attending LBJ, she worked in community outreach for a free health clinic, higher education student development, and as coordinator for the Northwest Louisiana Democratic Party. As a native Austinite, she is excited to share fun experiences with the LBJ Student body in this amazing city.
Student Life Director Duties:
  • Chair the Student Life Committee
  • Serve as the main point of contact for student-sponsored event planning at the LBJ School
  • Responsible for ensuring that LBJ School events are diverse and inclusive but not exclusive
 

Professional Development Director: Paul Kuhne

Paul Kuhne Headshot - USePaul Kuhne is a second year Global Policy Studies student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs with a specialization in International Development. He has approximately seven years experience in the nonprofit sector and received his Bachelors degree in Political Science and Spanish from Temple University. At the LBJ School, he has been focusing his time on program evaluation and governance by supporting Innovations for Peace and Development, and their Data4Peace Colombia Hackathon. He joined GPAC because he is interested in providing additional opportunities for LBJ students to network with alumni, develop their core skills and build a robust portfolio that helps them navigate the job market.
Professional Development Director Duties:
  • Chair the Outreach and Development Committee
  • Represent GPAC in meetings  at The University and in the community as deemed appropriate, including the Senate of College Councils
 

Community Outreach Director: Margaret Hennessy

Margaret Hennessy is a second year MPAFF candidate. She's passionate about social policy issues, particularly those effecting women, children, and their families. She's demonstrated her passion through working at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas and The Better Life Lab of New America during her time at LBJ.

   

Community Outreach Director Duties:

  • Chair the Community Outreach Committee
  • Serve as the main point of contact for community service events and other events planned with community organizations
 

External Finance Director: Jacob Kowalski

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Jacob earned his Bachelor's in Economics from UW-Madison. He has several years of experience in finance including, as a treasurer of a small non-profit tennis association in Madison and four years as a tax preparer for H&R Block. He is looking forward to managing the current state of the GPAC finance committee and other duties, but to also look for solutions to improve the current processes where applicable.

External Finance Director Duties:
  • Co-chair the Finance Committee with the Internal Finance Director
  • Responsible for all fundraising activities such as merchandise sales, business card sales, and locker rental
  • Has signing authority for financial transaction in addition to the Internal Finance Director
  • Secure outside funding for GPAC, such as through the University Student Government
  • liaise with the Outreach and Professional Development Committee to assist with fundraising from alumni and other members of the community
 

Communications Director: Marilyn Headley

Marilyn earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. Her professional experience includes five years with the Florida Department of Health as a policy practitioner and as an executive board member of Alachua County Emerging Leaders, a local nonprofit whose goal is to better the community through direct participation. While at the LBJ School, she is looking forward to becoming a better policy professional, focusing on social and welfare policy.

Communications Director Duties:
  • Record and preserve the minutes and correspondence of GPAC.
  • Execute all GPAC correspondence, provide to the General Assembly copies of all available official business, and create a permanent record for the posterity of the organization
  • Manage all GPAC communication tools, to include website and all digital accounts.
 

Parliamentarian: Amara Uyanna

dsc01044 Amara earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University. She has worked in different capacities with international organizations like Exxon-Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Sustainability International, etc. Currently an MGPS first year student, she's specializing in International Trade, Finance & Development. Her passions revolve around her being instrumental to the development of Africa. As Parliamentarian of GPAC, she's looking forward to actively contributing to how things run at the LBJ School and creating processes for better collaboration with other members of the LBJ community. Parliamentarian Duties:
  • Responsible for maintaining proper parliamentarian procedure during meetings
  • Advise members of the General Assembly on parliamentary procedure
  • Train newly elected members on Robert's Rules of Order at the time of their election
  • Enforce attendance rules as stipulated by the GPAC by-laws and notify the Executive Committee when a representative must be removed from office so that a replacement can be found
  • Responsible for managing the appointment process