OUR TEAM

Who we are

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President

Saumya Joshi

I am an international student from India and this is my second year serving in the Student Government Association here at FIT. I am a big believer in "progress over perfection." In my free time, I love to travel and paint.

As President of the Student Government Association, I hope to be the voice of the entire student community here at FIT and remain grounded in what is right in the face of any threat or opposition. With the pandemic, I believe it is crucial to strengthen the foundation between the students and administration and be an example of hope for the student body.

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Chief of Staff

Yukti Poddar

Hello everyone! I am an international student from India, and I am a sophomore. As a member of the executive board I am very excited to make changes and help people!

I hope to make SGA a safe place for students to come and share their problems and find the best possible solution for it.

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 12:00 - 1:00 pm

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Director of Communications

Saya Shimomura

Before coming to FIT, I studied Fashion Marketing in Paris and worked in the digital marketing/e-commerce field in Tokyo. I was also born and raised in Japan. My favorite spot in Tokyo is MOT (Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo).

As the Director of Communication, I hope to bring the whole community together with the power of communication.

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OFFICE HOURS

Friday 3:00 - 5:00 pm

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Secretary for Academic Affairs

Elisa Vasquez

Hi everyone! My name is Elisa Vasquez. A couple of fun facts about me: I am an avid reader, I love watching films, and poetry is my favorite writing style.

As Secretary of Academic Affairs, I hope to bring more openness and understanding to academics at FIT. I want to work with students and faculty to transform our academic department into something that will greatly benefit the student body as we enter into our career paths.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 12:30 - 2:30 pm

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Secretary for Diversity & Inclusion

Derek Anthony

My name is Derek however most people know me by “D.A.”. I am a music producer and a recording artist with a passion for artists development and curating events.

My goals are to implement a travel buddy system for the FIT community and a discount for public transportation.

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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Secretary for Student Affairs

Emilia Smithies

I'm originally from Mexico City and have been living in the US for 4 years now. I love art and design and love to spend a day at a museum and with friends.

I want to create resources for students facing housing and food insecurity, since this is the first step to make sure everyone at FIT has an equal opportunity at being equal in school. Last year I created care kits for students in Emergency situations, and am hoping this year to continue the program and expand to other areas.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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Senator for Advertising & Marketing Communications

Ashley Lawson

Hello everyone! I am originally from Denver, Colorado, and this is my first year taking part in student government. This is my last year at FIT, and I can't wait to make a greater difference at FIT.

I want to contribute to my position in SGA by being an active advocate for students in the AMC major and broadening opportunities for students to advance their career experience, networking skills, volunteer opportunities, and more.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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Senator for Film & Media

Caroline David

It’s nice to meet you all. I enjoy drawing and sewing immensely.

I will bring more awareness to the less noticed problems that need attention.

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OFFICE HOURS

Friday 10:00 - 12:00 pm

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Senator for FIT-ABLE 

Tasha Bwalya

I was born in Lusaka, Zambia but grew up in NYC. I want to try at least one meal from each country of the world one day.

I want to create a space of inclusion and communication for the FIT community

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OFFICE HOURS

Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Senator for Textile/Surface Design

Greta Myers

Hi my name is Greta and I'm your senator for Textile/Surface Design. This is my senior year here at FIT. I love getting involved on campus and along with serving on SGA I'm an RA in Nagler hall.

My passion for getting involved on campus stems from my desire to listen to and promote the voices of students around me. I hope to be a direct connection between FITs student population and the legislation that affects their life on campus.

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OFFICE HOURS

Thursday 2:00 - 4:00 pm

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Senator for Textile Development & Marketing

Rebecca Dillenberger

I’m a TDM senior interested in climate action, with a focus on sustainable fiber systems, textile ecology, and stewardship. I have experience in color management, sourcing, and fiber arts. For fun, I like to propagate plants, thrift, and hang out with my cat.

Continue to work on the Sustainability Committee to expand our textile recycling efforts on campus; Creating accessible opportunities for involvement in FIT's Natural Dye Garden and campus green spaces; Advocating for TDM students and create networking and career development through our AATCC TDM Club

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 2:30 – 4:30 pm

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Senator of Clubs & Organizations

Kaili Woop

I run a small business for art and jewelry. I LOVE the color pink. I have a cat named Dory and she has thumbs.

I will encourage collaboration between clubs and help make the process to fund clubs easier. I hope to resolve club issues with consistent and encourage thoughtful communication between the various officers and myself.

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 am

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Senator for Racial & Ethnic Equality

Nawang Yutso

A fellow Capricorn, love to travel and find new coffee spots. Highly believe in Retail Therapy.

I am willing to bring racial awareness and ethnic introduction to the campus.

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OFFICE HOURS

Friday 11:00 - 1:00 pm

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Senator of Fashion Design

Brenna Pettepit

Hi! I’m Brenna (she, her, hers). I’m a senior in Fashion Design with an Intimate Apparel Specialization. I am returning from a gap year, so I was at the school for two years pre-pandemic. I have seen the changes throughout the years and I believe I have a strong understanding of what needs improvement. Please come to me with any of your concerns or questions regarding the Fashion Design or Menswear Departments. I am always happy to help and I love to meet new people!

I will be a voice for the students in Fashion Design for any concerns, issues or questions. I will do my best to resolve individual and broad situations with the Department Chair as well as Student Life.

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OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday 3:30 - 5:30 pm

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Senator for Health & Wellness

Grace Cooper

Hi!! I’m Gracie and I’m a junior fashion design major. I’m the captain of the soccer team here at FIT and I’m super friendly and love meeting new people.

My goal is to encourage students to live a healthier lifestyle by collecting feedback and creating change across campus.

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OFFICE HOURS

Thursday 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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Senator for International Students

Aastha Rawat

Hi everyone!! This is Aastha, a junior majoring in FBM and president of ICS. As an international student from India, I hope to make all the students from around the globe feel welcomed and safe here at FIT.

Every semester FIT welcomes numerous international students and with covid, a lot of them faced difficulties majority of it was to coordinate classes with huge time difference. Being an international student myself, my aim with the position I have been given is to make sure their issues are heard and have them accommodated as much as possible.

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OFFICE HOURS

Thursday & Friday 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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Vice President

Phoebe Beirne

I am in my last year at FIT and I am determined to make it a great one! I'm from Long Island, NY and some things I like to do for fun is read, explore the city, and watch F1 races.

I hope to make the students' voices heard and to act on their concerns and issues. I want to be available to them as much as possible and build a stronger community within FIT.

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OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 pm

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Director of Finance

Nataasja Isard

Moved all the way to New York from Indonesia to make my dream a reality! I believe the best things come when you have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone and I am 100% a dog person :)

I will improve on budgeting strategy and maintain the accurate record keeping. Also to maximize the current value to help out more students of their needs and support clubs running in our campus.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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Secretary for Career Exploration

Mia Piazzi

I am a senior studying Textile Development and Marketing with minors in Asian Studies and International Politics. In my free time I love making Spotify playlists, going out to eat with friends, and drinking too many matcha lemonades.

I have been in my role for three years now, each year working with Alumni Relations and Career and Internship services to help students achieve their career goals. This year, I hope to continue to work with them both to host networking events and to improve alumni and current student relations.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 3:00 - 5:00 pm

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Secretary for Campus Affairs

Alexis Yap

Hi, I’m Alexis! I’m excited to see all of your beautiful faces back on campus this Fall 2022!

The goal is to provide a safe place for students to reach out and talk about the issues on campus!

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 10:00 - 12:00 pm

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Secretary for Sustainability

Brooke Singer

Hi Guys! My name is Brooke Singer and I am currently a junior specializing in Fashion Design/Direct Marketing while minoring in ethics/sustainability and psychology. In my free time I play for the New York Women’s Professional Football team and love to cook vegan food. Im looking forward to serving my first term this year and continuing the push for a more sustainable FIT!

A few of my goals surrounding my current position in SGA involve the open and honest discussion surrounding FIT's sustainable practices and follow through. We MUST set a leading example surrounding the future of sustainable fashion. Which can include implementing a large fabric recycling initiative, enrolling FIT in a Green School Fellowship Program, and prioritizing sustainability in every decision made across SGA.

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OFFICE HOURS

Thursday 11:00 - 12:00 pm & 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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Senator for Commuter Students

Marley Ashem-Hibbert

Hi I'm Marley! I'm a sophomore studying textile development. I currently live in Brooklyn, but I'm originally from Toronto, Canada. As a commuter student, it can be hard travelling around the city alone. I'm excited to be apart of the SGA, and to help other commuter student!

I've been a commuter student for a year now, and i have been able to make friends, learn my way around the city, and feel safe and comfortable travelling alone. i want to provide new commuter students with information i didn't have when i first moved to nyc. Also, i have a diverse perspective because i am an international student, so i can provide my tips for settling in a new country.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 10:00 - 12:00 pm &

Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00 pm

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Senator for Direct & Interactive Marketing

Jasmine Mizhquiri

Jasmine is a Direct and Interactive Marketing senior who’s also a first-gen college student from her Ecuadorian family. By being in the SGA, she is willing to make the best out of her first year as Senator and to enjoy student life to the fullest extent. Her favorite pastime is learning new languages.

I will be a voice for students who bring issues and questions to our concern and want to see change. I can also be there to help fellow students within my major by offering advice or provide an opinion on anything related to DIM.

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OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday 12:00 - 1:00 pm &

Wednesday 10:00 - 11 am

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Senator for Fine Arts

Ruki El 

Hi all! I'm Ruki, I'm a third-year Fine Arts major, also double minoring in Art History and African American & Africana Studies. I am a Presidential Scholar and also part of the Black Student Union at FIT. I love painting, baking, gaming, horror/thriller films, and going to rock concerts (34 and counting!).

I will work with Fine Arts Chair Stephanie Pierce and the Fine Arts community to communicate student and faculty thoughts, questions, and concerns back to Student Government. I am committed to making all FA students feel welcome and secure as they seek out their education here at FIT.

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday & Thursday 11:30 - 12:30 pm

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Senator for Residential Students

Mackenzie Harding

I am entering my third year at FIT and my second year living in Kaufman Hall. In addition to SGA, I’m also involved in BSU and RHA. I love cooking, museums and beach reads.

I will advocate for all residential students to feel safe and happy within their dorms. Everyone deserves a positive housing experience.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 4:00 - 5:00 pm 

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Senator for ITM for the Fashion Industries

Kathryn Devereaux

As a transfer student in my senior year at FIT, I’ve had nothing short of an incredible experience both in the city and at FIT. I am originally from the high arctic region in Canada until I moved into my university studies in Toronto, Canada. There I studied International Relationships and Fashion Business Management. You can find me at the SGA senate, ITSA club president, and as a cultural follow on campus !

I hope to advocate for ITM to grow a stronger on campus presence through collaboration, information and communication. I’d also love to see more opportunities for ITM student to explore global opportunities whether that be virtually or in person.

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OFFICE HOURS

Wednesday 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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Senator of Cosmetic & Fragrance Marketing

Amanda Knight

I'm Amanda I'm very passionate about music and I love making new friends. I want to be a person that anyone who's interested in CFM feels comfortable coming to me with questions and concerns.

I will be a person that new members of CFM can come to with questions and need of information but also people who already in CFM can come to me with questions and concerns as well. I also want to make members of SGA feel comfortable and respect their decisions whether I agree or not

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 1:00 - 3:00 pm

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Senator for Fashion Business Management 

Raisa Rafique

Hello everyone! I am an international student from Bangladesh, my major is FBM and I am currently on my junior year. I am so honored to be part of the SGA, cannot wait to witness all the amazing changes we bring together to FIT!

My first and foremost promise is to really listen to what us, the students, have to say and to do my best to make any necessary changes. I also want to dedicate my position to giving a voice to anyone who wants to speak out about any issues with faculty, etc. Such incidents and misunderstandings are unfortunate but they do happen. So I would like to use my platform to help this situation as much as possible.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday & Thursday 4:00 - 5:00 pm

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Senator for Spatial Experience Design

Abigail Caimano

I’m so excited to join SGA this year! I’m from the Adirondacks and love hiking. When I’m not in school, I love musical theatre, exploring the city with friends, and watching Formula One!

I will contribute to my position by being a positive influence for my fellow students and listening to the concerns that others have. I will do my best to make positive change during my time in SGA!

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OFFICE HOURS

Thursday 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Senator for Communcation Design

Sarah Eichenbaum

! My name is Sarah and I am the Senator for Communication Design in my second year at FIT. My goal for this position is to help students in my major and other Art and Design majors utilize opportunities for themselves either provided by the school or to help create their own.

My goal is to provide a clear communication between the faculty and the students in my major. I would also like to help students feel like they are making the most out of their time at FIT.

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OFFICE HOURS

Tuesday 3:00 - 5:00 pm

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Senator for Transfer Students

Sabina Lugo 

Hello! My name is Sabina, I am from Queens, NY and am currently studying FBM. I love fashion, art, and exploring the city. I have transferred into FIT last spring and I am excited to be working with SGA this year!

I will help contribute to my SGA position by respecting, understanding, and listening to everyone’s concerns and bringing them to our meetings as best to my ability and advocating for those changes.

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OFFICE HOURS

Monday 12:00 - 2:00 pm

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Trainee Secretary for Campus Affairs

Meca Griffin

I am a fashion and marketing entrepreneur and the founder of Elizabeth Branding Co. I love creating coexistence in worlds that typically contradict.

I will shadow Alexis this semester and develop the tools and skills to help service the campus in a positive and effective way.

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