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Senior Leadership

Policy Director


Maya is a second-year graduate student at the University at Albany's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. As a former member of the Student Assembly's Government Relations and Project Management teams, she is passionate about growing the organization's capacity in both advocacy and student engagement. As a former Session Assistant at the New York State Senate, Maya has in-depth experience working with legislation and policy development. Maya is excited to serve as the Policy Director and lead a team of bright, strong advocates to make impactful change for SUNY students. ​

Hobbies: Beach days, running and walking her dog, Duke

Favorite quote: 

"I'm a woman 


Phenomenal woman, 

That's me." 

- Maya Angelou

Director of Government Relations


Michael Stefanko is a sophomore majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations and minoring in Inequality Studies and Economics at Cornell University. Michael is a member of Cornell Consulting, Delta Sigma Pi, and the Cornell Student Assembly Infrastructure Committee. He has interned for Net Impact, a nonprofit that creates corporate social responsibility programming for companies and foundations. 

Hobbies: Salsa, volunteering, going to pawn shops to find retro video games, and WarCraft

Favorite Quote: 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” 

-Margaret Meed

Director of Legislative Affairs


Bradley is a graduate of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. His undergraduate studies included Political Science, Cyber Security, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. He recently completed a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning focusing on transportation and community resilience. As a student in the Information Science Department at UAlbany he is a PhD scholar studying emerging technology and information policy. Alongside his studies he has served as the Dean of the UAlbany Student Association Senate, a Resident Assistant within the UAlbany Department of Residential Life, and as the Graduate Assistant in the UAlbany Office of Sustainability. Furthermore, he holds work experience on Capitol Hill, the New York State Legislature, and on various campaigns throughout the state. Elected by his student colleagues he currently represents graduate students at the University at Albany on the University Council, providing oversight capacity with respect to University-wide policy. Bradley enjoys working with students inside and outside of the classroom and believes that student involvement leads to academic success.

Hobbies: Biking, basketball, swimming

Favorite quote: "Ensuring quality higher education is one of the most important things we can do for future generations." - Ron Lewis

Director of Operations


Born in Lithuania, Justas Klimavicius and his family moved to Long Island when he was two years old. Justas is now an MBA graduate student at Stony Brook University, where he recently received his bachelor's degree in Business Management and Political Science. He is a Brother of Pi Kappa Phi and spent his senior year serving SBU students as their Student Government President. Justas believes in the ability of all people and just finished cycling across the country this summer with The Ability Experience, where he was raising money and awareness for people with disabilities. In his free time, Justas loves to try new recipes and cooks all types of cuisines.

Hobbies: Cooking, cycling and pretty much anything outdoors

Favorite quote: 

"The only disability is a bad attitude!"

Acting Director of Engagement


James, originally from Long Island, will be entering his second year as a Psychology major at SUNY Fredonia. James is very involved on his campus, holding positions as Class President, Latino Student Union President, Hall Council President and the Chair of Student Relations. James has also served as the Student Assembly Liaison for his campus this past year. James works tirelessly to advocate for the needs of his constituents to help each student have their voice heard. In the future, James hopes to make his mark within the Higher Education and Student Affairs field.​

Hobbies: Music / Event Planning

Favorite quote: 

“We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” - Barbara De Angelis