Governance of the GSC

The GSC is run by two entities, the Facilities Manager and the GSC Governace Board (GSCGB). The Facilties Manager is responsible for day-to-day management of the GSC, while the GSCGB enacts usage policies of the GSC. The GSCGB is composed primarily of graduate students --- there are at least seven voting positions for graduate students (including the Chair and Vice-Chair). There are also voting positions for staff, faculty, and undergraduates (one position each), to ensure that the GSCGB takes the entire campus into consideration when making decisions. If you are interested in serving on the GSCGB, please contact the Graduate Commons on our contact page.
Graduate Student Commons Executive Board 2018-19
PresidentSara Nasab
Vice President: Giselle Laiduc
Treasurer: Cyril Focht
Programming Coordinator: Alexandra Race
Graduate Intern: Gillian Bogart
Director of Graduate Student Life: Rachel Neuman

GSC Governance Board Members 18-19

If you are interested in becoming a member or are a representative appointed to sit on the GSCGB for a vacant position please contact the president from our contact page.



  • Sara Nasab, President
  • Giselle Laiduc, Vice President
  • Cyril Focht, Treasurer
  • Alexandra Race, Programming Coordinator

Graduate Representatives

  • Arts - Vacant
  • Humanities - Vacant
  • Engineering - Cyril Focht, Pengyang Zhou
  • Physical and Biological Sciences - Carmen Segura, Rossana Maguina
  • Social Sciences - Julia Soares, Ryan Pili, Bryan Pratt

Governance Board Voting Members

  • Giselle Laiduc, Alexandra Race, Jed Pizarro-Guevara, Cyril Focht, Pengyang Zhou, Carmen Segura, Julia Soares, Ryan Pili, Bryan Pratt, Aaron Springer, Daniel Alves

Undergraduate, Faculty, and Staff Representatives

  • Currently Vacant, Intercollegiate Council on Student Appointments representative
  • Currently Vacant, Academic Senate representative
  • Shonté Thomas, Staff Advisory Board representative

Non-Voting Members

  • Rachel Neuman, GSC Business/Building Manager
  • Kathryn Tobisch, Alumni Association representative
  • Lori Kletzer, Dean of Graduate Studies
  • John Bilanko, Current Tenant
  • Shonte Thomas, SAB
  • Bob McCampbell, Quarry Plaza Council
  • Marlene Tromp, EVC
  • Gillian Bogart, GSC Intern

Ad Hoc Subcommittee Members:

  • Finance Committee - Cyril Focht (chair,, Sara Nasab, Alexandra Race, Bryan Pratt, Aaron Springer
  • Programming Committee - Alexandra Race (chair,, Cyril Focht, Carmen Segura, Jed Pizarro-Guevara, Daniel Alves, Gillian Bogart
  • Outreach Committee - Giselle Laiduc (chair,, Aaron Springer, Ryan Pili, Daniel Alves, Pengyang Zhou, Julia Soares, Gillian Bogart

and...YOU! Join the Grad Commons! E-mail us from our contact page to learn how you can become involved.


*Updated February 22, 2019