Advocacy

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SHAHEER KHAN

Director of Government Relations

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MASHAAL BHATTI

Deputy Director of Government Relations

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DONNELLA SMITH

Deputy Director of State Affairs

Donnella Smith is a senior at the University at Albany - SUNY where she majors in Political Science and minors in Sociology. While in her final year at SUNY Albany Donnella serves as the President of a student organization and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha. Donnella is passionate about politics and recently completed an internship with Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages. Donnella is looking forward to advocating on behalf of all SUNY Students and is excited to work with a strong and devoted team.

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"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today"- Malcolm X

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Traveling, reading, cooking

MADDIE PELKEY

Director of Communications

With a passion for strengthening campus communities, Maddie Pelkey (She/Her/Hers) is pleased to bring her penchant for writing to her SUNY SA role as Director of Communications. Maddie is a senior at SUNY Fredonia, where she is majoring in Music and Audio/Radio Systems with a minor in French. On-campus, she works in admissions and is a Resident Assistant. For her work in social justice and professional development programming, she was deemed Fredonia’s First-Year Resident Assistant of the Year in Spring 2018, and has continued to work on both small- and large-scale initiatives to improve the accessibility of university programming. In her free time, Maddie can be found with a French play in her hands and her puppy on her lap at her home in Lexington, Kentucky.

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"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Ernest Hemingway

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Hiking, baking macarons, and playing Animal Crossing

JOHN KLECKER

Deputy Director of Legislative Strategy

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