OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

OFFICE OF GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

 

 

 

Meet the Leadership

 

 


Director

Rawan Abhari

Hi! My name is Rawan and I gladly serve as the Executive Director of OGA. I am a third-year student from Fort Myers, Florida studying economics and Middle Eastern studies while minoring in political science. I am currently a legislative intern at the Florida Senate and am heavily involved in campus leadership across many different offices. By being present in many corners of campus, I focus on unifying students across identity and community lines in order to best advocate for progressive and equitable university policies. Post undergrad, I hope to enroll in law school pursuing a joint JD and MA in economics in order to utilize economic expertise with legal knowledge to engage in international climate crisis negotiations and deal-making. As OGA’s Executive Director, the direct policy and advocacy experience I am gaining on behalf of students has been my greatest role yet.

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Deputy Director

Ariel Trueba

Greetings, my name is Ariel Trueba (he/him) and I’m currently serving as the Deputy Director for the Office of Governmental Affairs. I’m a senior majoring in Political Science and Business Management with a minor in Spanish while also pursuing an Emergency Management Certificate. I was born and raised in Miami, FL where I’ve had the honor of interning with my local government from the Office of the Mayor to currently working for the Department of Human Services and Workforce Opportunity Center via the AmeriCORPS Public Allies program.  I am involved in different areas of campus such as the Garnet and Gold Key Leadership Honorary, Unconquered Scholars Program Student Advisory Board, as well as currently serving as a Trustee for the FSU Student Foundation. I am very passionate about every citizen having a voice in their government and I look forward to representing our students at the local, state, and federal levels via our outreach and advocacy efforts.

 


Internal Assistant Director

Jason Puwalski

Hello everyone. I’m Jason and I’m thrilled to serve as the Assistant Director of OGA. I’m a second year student from Fort Myers, Florida studying political science, law & philosophy, and U.S. intelligence studies. I’m heavily involved on campus, as well as off-campus as an intern at the Office of the Governor. I also have experience in government and politics on the campus, state, and federal levels. My biggest priorities for the FSU Student Body are campus safety, mental health resources, and retaining our well-deserved Bright Futures scholarships. This will be a defining year for FSU as we transcend the challenges brought on by the past year, and I’m grateful for the chance to represent the Student Body at all levels of government.

 

 



 Board of Directors


 

 


Jada Mohorn

Hello everyone! My name is Jada Mohorn and I am a third-year student at Florida State University, double majoring in Sociology and Communications from the hot sunny skies of Fort Lauderdale, FL. I am so excited to be working alongside my team as one of the Board of Directors for Governmental Affairs! Some of my other involvements are PeaceJam Southeast, COSS Student Leadership Council, Secretary for the Black Law Student Association, and a member of the FSU Union Board! During my outside time at FSU, I am a Communications Intern for the House of Democrats at the State Capitol, social media intern for Representative Williams of District 92, and an OPS Paralegal Specialist for the Department of Health Prosecutions Unit. I am so excited to be a part of this change and advocate for students on campus!


Trevor Murray

Hello everyone. My name is Trevor Murray and I am a second-year student at Florida State University majoring in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. I was born and raised in sunny Jacksonville, Florida and have been a political nerd for many years. Upon coming to FSU, I have had the opportunity to discover that service is my passion. I love this university with my entire heart and it is my mission to further this amazing institution and to support and represent the student body in all ways that I can. I am involved in SGA as Student Senator for the College of Undergraduate Studies, FSU Student Foundation, the Freshman Leadership Institute, and Forward FSU. I wait with bated breath for everything that this excellent team will be doing with OGA in the future.


Ella Phillips

Hi everyone! I’m Ella Phillips (she/her) and I am a second year at FSU, majoring in economics  and minoring in public administration. I’m from Pensacola, FL, but growing up in a Navy family, I’ve lived in a lot of different places. As Director of Operations for the Office of Governmental Affairs I manage our calendar and help foster efficient communication with the student body. I am also the Recording Secretary of Alpha Omicron Pi and a founding member and mentor for the Honors Student Association Peer Mentor Initiative. I am honored and thrilled to be able to represent and advocate for Florida State’s student body.


Natasha Harwood

Hello, y’all! My name is Natasha Harwood and I am proud to serve as your Director of Events/Historian for the Office of Governmental Affairs here at Florida State! I am from Jupiter, Florida, and am pursuing a dual degree in International Affairs and Environment & Society. As a little bit of a “dirt nerd”, I enjoy camping, road trips, and the beach! I am a member of Alpha Phi’s Gamma Phi chapter here at FSU and a proud Philia Staff Writer. I hope in the future to pursue a master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management; cultivating a solid foundation for an improved world. The future of Florida State University, its students, and the Office of Governmental Affairs look bright and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

 


Emma Kiely

Hi everyone! My name is Emma Kiely and I am a third-year pursuing a dual degree in International Affairs and Media/Communication Studies from Jacksonville, FL. Since becoming a student at FSU, I've made it my personal mission to get involved with a diverse group of organizations that promote community engagement and mentorship. Some of my favorite involvements are University Housing, COSS Student Leadership Council, PeaceJam Southeast, and the FSU Student Foundation. Outside of FSU, I am interning with a premier political consulting firm which has increased my awareness of state politics. I decided to join the Board of Directors for OGA because I am looking to promote student engagement in Florida politics and advocate on behalf of all FSU students.


Khamare Garner

Hey y'all! My name is Khamare Garner, I’m from Eustis, FL and I’m a senior here at FSU. I am currently studying Political Science, History and Music. I am a brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity, a member of the Marching Chiefs, a student senator as well as being involved in other areas of campus and the community. Florida State is our home and as such, every student should feel safe and welcome. As a member of OGA, I intended to work towards that end. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work on behalf of our student body.


Omer Turkomer

Hey people! My name is Omer Turkomer and I am a second-year student at Florida State University, majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Affairs as well as Economics. I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey however, I came to FSU from Sarasota, Florida. Aside from OGA, some of my other involvements here on campus are the COSSPP Student Leadership Council, Programming Allocations Committee Vice Chair, Torchlight Center Policy Assessment Officer, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and the Student Foundation Board of Trustees. I am extremely excited to be working with this wonderful team in order to help advocate for the diverse voices that make up Florida State University.


Brandon Gabay

Hi everyone! My name is Brandon Gabay, I use he/him pronouns, and I am a Third-year student at Florida State University majoring in Media/Communications Studies with a minor in Religion. I am from  Lake Worth, Florida. I am the Director of Outreach for the Office of Governmental Affairs. Aside from OGA, I serve as the Director of the Jewish Student Union, the JSU Liaison to Hillel, and I am a Mentor for the Freshman Leadership Institute. I am so excited to be working with this incredible group of people to advocate and work for Florida State University’s Student Body.

 


Ash Soto

Hey y’all! My name is Ash Soto, my pronouns are he/they, and I am a 5th year student at FSU (transferred here in Fall of 2019)! I am currently studying general music and I am happy to be one of two Directors of Legislative Affairs for FSU’s Office of Governmental Affairs! I am also involved with University Housing as a Resident Assistant and with the Pride Student Union as their Assistant Director! I am so excited to listen to our constituents at FSU and make as much change happen on this campus!