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GLC Director of Programming

American University
School of Business – 

Abolaji is a final year MBA student at the Kogod School of Business, with a passion for youth development, engagement, and community building. I am Kogod Ambassador and currently serve as Director of Programming for the GLC and President of the Private Equity and Venture Capital Club (PEVC). 

He loves to engage, connect, and build a strong and thriving network. He has work and programming experience in youth development programming in the international development sector, he is also a business strategist and entrepreneur with interest in the venture capital and private equity space. Abolaji derives pleasure from dancing and his favorite dessert is Tiramisu. 🙂

SIS President

Barbara Taylor , PRESIDENT
School of International Service

Barbara J Taylor III (she, her) is a first generation college graduate and graduate student. A second year in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution program at American University’s School of International Service (SIS), she is specializing in International Negotiation and Reconciliation and Justice. Before attending SIS, she studied Peace and Conflict Studies at Swarthmore College where she studied US-Central American relations and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Outside of the classroom, Barbara serves as the President for the SIS Graduate Student Council. In this position, she is focused on advocacy and community building among SIS students. Barbara aims to work in spaces where she can contribute to systemic change in the insecurities of basic human needs. She has a love of languages and hopes to become a polyglot one day.

GLC VP of Management

American University
School of Business – MBA

Kevinis askilled leader and process manager with ten years of experience across the healthcare, real estate, hospitality, and nonprofit sectors. Before pursuing his Master of Business Administration at the Kogod School of Business, Kevin worked for GLMA, an LGBTQ healthcare nonprofit where he oversaw membership and development operations. In this capacity, Kevin played a key role in the planning and execution of a large national conference on LGBTQ health research and policy as well as multiple fundraising events benefiting the Lesbian Health Fund, a national health research grant program. Before joining GLMA, Kevin worked as a Research Manager, at CoStar Group, where he managed a team that conducted research on commercial real estate. A Reaching Out MBA Fellow and Student Organizer for the 2021 ROMBA Club Leaders Summit, Kevin is an advocate for the LGBTQ community in business and beyond. As an undergraduate, Kevin was also an Eagle, receiving his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from American University’s School of International Service.

SPA President

Ameerah Thomas, PRESIDENT
School of Public Affairs

Ameerah Thomas (she, her) is the President of the SPA GSC. She graduated from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and Law. During Ameerah’s Undergraduate Studies she played Field Hockey and held numerous student leadership positions including working as a Peer Mentor and being the Athletics Representative for the Student Government. Ameerah is currently a rising second year student at American University’s School of Public Affairs in the Justice, Law and Criminology M.S. Program. When she is not in class, she is working as a Pathways Intern for the Department of Justice, Office of The Inspector General. When Ameerah is not working or going to class she loves to travel and try new things!

GBA President

Brett Boren, PRESIDENT

Brett Boren (he, him) is a second year MBA student with a background in nonprofit management. He is interested in consulting post-graduation. When he is not studying or working, he can be found at the farmer’s market and planning his next recipe.

GLC VP of Programming

American University
School of Public Affairs – Master of Public Administration

Suzanna Steele (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master in Public Administration with a concentration in policy analysis. She is also a certificate candidate for Public Financial Management and Statistical Analysis. Suzanna graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government as well as a Spanish Minor.

While an undergraduate student Suzanna served on the Executive Board of American University Outdoors Club, was the Outreach Director for the Eagle Endowment (the only student run grant organization in the U.S.), and the Finance Director for Alpha Xi Delta Fraternity. Suzanna was highly active in the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program and the Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team.

In addition to on-campus involvement, Suzanna spent a year studying abroad in Spanish-speaking countries. She has also engaged with the D.C. community by starting an environmental club at a local middle school and serving with AmeriCorps.

Suzanne currently works at the U.S. Dept. of Justice and is a research assistant for senior faculty in the School of Public Affairs. Suzanne is thrilled to serve at the Vice President of Programming for the Graduate Leadership Council. She believes the best way to create a supportive academic environment is to have strong student programming.

When Suzanna isn’t sending emails to Student Activities, you can find her biking around D.C., dreaming about returning to her home in the Rocky Mountains, and attending local Spanish speaking club meetings.

GLC President

Olivia Tarpley, GLC PRESIDENT
American University
School of Education –
Master of Education, Education Policy and Leadership Program

Olivia is in her second and final year of the Master of Education, Education Policy and Leadership Program in the School of Education. Olivia graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts degree and majored in History and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is passionate about accessibility and affordability of higher education. In addition to serving as the GLC President, Olivia is the Graduate Assistant for the Education Policy and Leadership Council, a member of the Conduct Council, and likes being creative at her part time job at Paper Source in Georgetown. Olivia enjoys finding new restaurants, shopping at the farmers market, and spending time with friends and family.