First Year Board Members help to ensure that first-year students’ needs are considered in PWA programming. They are an integral part of the PWA decision-making and event planning processes. These board members lead (or co-lead) on the planning and execution of one PWA event during the school year. They also help to ensure continuity in next year’s committee leaders.
First Year Board Members
Camila Araújo de Resende – Finance Co-Chair
Camila is a first year Master of Planning student with focus on transportation and sustainability. She was born and raised in Brasília, Brazil, where she worked for 12 years as a figure skating coach. She managed a competition team of around 40 athletes, where the great majority were girls from 8 to 18 years. Also, she was a volunteer at the Liter of Light program, trying to illuminate the streets of the local neighborhoods without access to electrical power. She came to Los Angeles to study and explore the transportation and environmental problems from a different perspective. She was awarded with the American Association of International Women (AAUW) – International Fellowship for the year of 2017-2018.
Candice Rankin – Alumni Relations Co-Chair
Candice is a first year Master of Public Policy student. She is a native Californian with deep roots in Sacramento and a love for the East Bay where she spent the last several years. She moved there to pursue a BS in Society and Environment from UC Berkeley and stayed for the food, people, and access to stunning hills with spectacular views. Before coming to Price, she worked in development at an independent high school. With experience in small nonprofits, Candice is excited to see how she can use her time at Price to learn how to translate those skills and experiences to local government.
Guadalupe Carrasco – Professional Development Co-Chair
Guadalupe is a first year Master of Public Administration student. She is pursuing a certificate in local government and in non-profit management. As a first-generation college graduate, Guadalupe is passionate about education and social justice issues affecting minority groups. Guadalupe graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minors in Communications Studies and in English Literature. Roughly two years after graduating, Guadalupe set off to Panama as a Peace Corps volunteer, where she co-planned and co-taught alongside Panamanian teachers in the rural community of Cañazas and in neighboring communities. Upon her arrival back to the states, Guadalupe continued her work as a mentor in a grassroots non-profit organization, Career Beginnings Mentoring Program, which provides scholarships and college and career planning workshops to first-year college students from the Santa Ana Unified School District. In her spare time, Guadalupe enjoys roadtrips, hiking, listening to Selena songs, and Disneyland trips with her three-year-old niece.
Sandy Southivilay – Communications Co-Chair
Sandy is a first year graduate student pursuing a master of public policy. She earned her bachelor degree in political science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Upon graduation, Sandy worked as a research and marketing coordinator at a communications firm serving local and national labor unions. Most recently she worked as the communications manager for a nonprofit organization in Los Angeles which focused on developing leaders in the Asian and Pacific Islander community and cultivating philanthropy. During her free time, Sandy enjoys traveling and hiking.
Tanya Shah – Community Development Co-Chair
Tanya is a first year graduate student pursuing her Master of Planning degree, with a concentration in sustainable land use. She has a previous Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from CEPT University, Ahmedabad, India. She is really passionate about using sustainable methods and solutions for solving everyday issues. She has previously worked with NGOs, in her hometown, which looked at getting women who are uneducated and from low-income backgrounds into the Indian workforce. Her interests include traveling, reading, and binge watching movies.