About the GLC

2017-2018 Graduate Leadership Council


Mina Kato, GLC President

Mina Kato

Mina Kato is pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science at the School of Public Affairs and works in the Office of Development and Alumni Relations at American University, where she supports with scheduling, programming, and communications. Previously, Mina served as the Vice President of Programming for the Graduate Leadership Council and took graduate courses at the School of International Service through the Graduate Professional Studies program offered by the School of Professional and Extended Studies (SPExS). Prior to joining American University, Mina worked in multiple congressional leadership offices and at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service, gaining experience working with Members of Congress, White House officials, federal agencies, and advocacy groups. Mina graduated from the University of California, Riverside (UCR) with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/International Affairs where she was a resident advisor, orientation leader, Panhellenic Council executive board member, liaison to the Multicultural Greek Council, and student government outreach director. As an alumna, she volunteers her time to the UCR DC alumni chapter and the University of California Alumni Advisory Board (UCAAB) of Washington, DC. Mina is passionate about student advocacy, and excited to serve AU’s graduate community as President of the Graduate Leadership Council 2017-2018. You can contact Mina at AUGLCPresident@gmail.com.

611_Kate_Schaefer_1218Kate Schaefer, VP of Communications

Kate is a second-year master’s student in the Intercultural and International Communication program at the School of International Service. After graduating from Duke University, she taught English for two years in South Korea. Kate has lived in Washington, DC for several years and has worked at a variety of nonprofits, including World Learning and The NEA Foundation. You can contact Kate at glc.comms@gmail.com.


Veronica CharlesVeronica Charles, VP of Management

Veronica is a first year graduate student pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in education policy. Veronica graduated with a Bachelors of Science Dual Degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where she served as the Director of Legislative Affairs and lobbied on behalf of the student body at the Nevada state legislature. Prior to joining American University, Veronica helped manage a successful school funding campaign in her home state of Nevada, worked for the Minority Policy Coordinator in the Nevada Senate, and worked closely with the Nevada System of Higher Education to create legislation that would improve job outcomes across the state. During her time at the University of Nevada, Veronica held several cabinet positions in student government, the Delta Gamma Fraternity, and the Division of Health Sciences Advisory Board. In her spare time, Veronica is an avid hiker and runner, and can’t get enough of American History. Veronica is a strong supporter of special education, higher education, and student advocacy, and looks forward to meeting with members of AU’s graduate community. You can contact Veronica at glc.vpmanagement@gmail.com.

PPJJames Lagasse, VP of Finance

James is a dual-degree student pursuing a J.D. and a Master of Public Policy at the Washington College of Law and the School of Public and Affairs. He has previously served as the Director of Finance for the School of Public Affairs Graduate Student Council. James is originally from Chester County, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science. He has interned with the Transportation Security Administration Office of Civil Rights and Liberties, Ombudsman, and Traveler Engagement, the International Trade Administration U.S. Commercial Service, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. You can contact James at glcvpfinance@gmail.com.

Briana Richardson-JonesBriana Richardson-Jones, VP of Alumni Affairs

Briana Richardson-Jones is currently a student at American University pursuing a Mater’s Degree in Justice, Law, and Criminology with a concentration in Public Policy at the School of Public Affairs. During her first year at the university, she had the opportunity of interning with Mil Mujeres legal services where she worked with law enforcement professionals to provide illegal immigrants with U-Visas for reporting incidents, such as, domestic violence and sex trafficking. During the spring semester, she was able to work with the United States Department of Education as policy intern in the White House Initiative for American Indian and Alaskan Native Education. Prior to American University, Briana attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania on a full-ride scholarship to pursue a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in English with a concentration in Pre-Law. In her undergraduate degree, Briana served on executive boards of many organizations and conducted research with the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program. Currently, Briana is interning for the Mayor of Philadelphia under the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition. You can contact Briana at glcalumnirelations@gmail.com.

Portia Polk, Vp of programming

You can contact Portia at glcprogramming@gmail.com.


Office: (202)885-2600

The Graduate Leadership Council (GLC) is the representative body for the more than 3,500 graduate students at American University. The GLC brings together the leaders of the five graduate student councils at AU to mobilize on issues that are relevant to the graduate population. It is the mission of the GLC to ensure that their time at AU is as enjoyable as possible, by providing a multitude of social networking events and activities, as well as advocating for their concerns directly to President Kerwin and the AU Administration.  If you are an AU graduate student and ever have any questions, comments, suggestions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the council directly, at myauglc@gmail.com.