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President – Jennifer Mandelbaum

Jennifer Mandelbaum currently serves as President of the Graduate Student Association. She previously had the honor of serving as GSA Vice President (2017-2018) and Secretary for Alumni Affairs (2016-2017), where she worked on initiatives concerning graduate students’ professional development. Jennifer is a Presidential Fellow, Graduate Civic Scholar, co-chair of the Advisory Committee on Professional Development for Graduate Students, and co-president of USC’s IHI Open School chapter. She also serves as a member of the University Excellence Initiative Committee and Provost’s Advisory Committee on Women’s Issues. A third-year PhD student in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior, Jennifer’s research focuses broadly on how social factors (e.g., racism and social networks) shape health disparities, with the goal of using population health research to better inform social policies and practices. Before coming to USC, she worked on various projects related to global health, including a case study on a childhood obesity prevention initiative in Brazil and an intervention to improve heart attack outcomes in U.S. hospitals. Originally from New Hampshire, Jennifer completed her bachelor’s degree at Brandeis University and master of public health at Yale University. In her free time, she is an avid runner and occasional baker.

Vice President – Anna Cofie

Anna Cofie is a Ghanaian born American currently pursuing a PHD degree in Health Services Policy and Management at the University of South Carolina.
She currently works as a graduate assistant for the Arnold School of Public Health and serves on various committees across campus. These committees include the Mental Health Initiative Committee, Clyburn Health Disparities Committee, and Healthy Carolina Steering Committee. Presently, she serves as the Secretary of Health for the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Treasurer for the Pan-African Student Association. She previously held roles as Chair of the Dean’s Student Advisory Committee, Global Ambassador for Center for Internal Studies and Co-Founder and President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Georgia Southern chapter. She is a passionate learner and advocate for public health issues and have had both domestic and international experiences working in healthcare settings with various hospitals and agencies, such as the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Georgia Department of Public Health and Ridge Regional Hospital. Anna Cofie received her Master of Public Health at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY. She is an advocate for inclusiveness, diversity, awareness and health. During her free time, Anna appreciates basketball and her favorite player is Lebron James.

Treasurer – Billy Quinlan

Billy Quinlan is in his second year pursuing his Master of Public Administration (MPA). In addition to serving as the Treasurer of GSA, Billy works as the Graduate Assistant for USC Connect. Billy also serves on the New Student Union Steering Committee, the Advisory Council for Professional Development for Graduate Students, the Student Sustainability Fund Committee, and on the Executive Board for the MPA Student Association. Prior to his election as Treasurer, Billy served on the GSA Finance Committee. Before coming to USC, Billy received his bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, where he worked extensively with the Office of New Student & Family Programs, served in the Executive Branch of Student Government, and worked as the Director of Events for the Johnson City Cardinals, a minor league baseball affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. Outside of work and class, Billy is a big fan of baseball, road trips, and spending time with his family’s four dogs.

Graduate Council Representative – Clint Saidy

Clint Saidy is a third-year PhD student in Mechanical Engineering. He is originally from Lebanon and completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering at the Lebanese American University. Before serving as Graduate Council Representative, Clint worked as a materials handling and waste management consultant. He currently works at the McNair Center for Aerospace Innovation and Research. His primary areas of study are process management of automated fiber placement and supply chain management of aerospace industries in South Carolina. Prior to being elected Graduate Council Representative, he was the Graduate Student Association’s President. During his time at USC, Clint has also been a graduate advisor for the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) and the Secretary of the Rotaract Club of the University of South Carolina. In his free time, he enjoys reading, playing Badminton, and cooking.