Elections 2017-2018


SUMASA is the Student Association for Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program at the Earth Institute and School for Professional Studies. The members are elected to represent all of us, the SUMA student body to advocated on behalf of students, fostering engagement across the SUMA community, and hosting meaningful professional development and networking opportunities. The elections for the 2017-2018 board will be the week of March 27th.

To run for a position: Please register as a candidate by emailing sumasaboard@sumasa.org with the position of interest in the subject line. Include a concise one-paragraph (250 words) pitch to the SUMA student body explaining why you are qualified and why you want the position. (Your paragraph will be posted on the SUMASA website and used in emails).

The available positions and a brief description are available below. Candidates must be enrolled for both the fall and spring semesters in the coming academic year (2017-2018) to be eligible to run for a position.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, March 22nd


CANDIDATE NIGHT | March 27, 2017 from 8:15 – 9:30 PM

All candidates will have the opportunity to give a 2-5 minute pitch to their classmates. Depending on the number of candidates there may be time for questions from voters in the audience.

After the newly elected board members are announced, a comprehensive transition process will begin and continue through the remainder of the Spring semester and, pending everyone’s schedules, through the Summer where there will be joint-leadership by the incoming and outgoing boards. This is to ensure that the new board will be able to organize programming and hit the ground running in September with a strongly start.



Please click on the position title to see a full description

President: The SUMASA President is the lead for organizing and collaborating with students, faculty, and administration. They are responsible for creating a productive student organization through effective management. This role is ideal for students with strong people and project management skills.

Vice President of Administration and Finance: The VP of Administration & Finance handles behind the scenes operations to support SUMASA’s strategic goals while creating a fun, collaborative environment. This role is ideal for students who are deadline-driven, like organization, and financially focused.

Vice President of Academic Affairs: The VP of Academic Affairs acts as the bridge between SUMA students, faculty and administration through collecting feedback, while coordinating workshops complement SUMA’s academics. This role is ideal for students with strong people and project management skills.

Vice President of Events: The VP of Events is responsible for coordinating on and off campus events to give students a casual forum to connect outside of the classroom. This role is ideal for students with interest in event logistics and strong organizational skills.

Vice President of Community Outreach: The VP of Community Outreach acts a liaison between SUMA and the sustainability opportunities that New York City offers across all sectors by organizing field visits and cultural events. This role is ideal for students who are outgoing and always on the lookout for opportunities.

Co-Vice President of Communications: The Co-VP of Communications works with the existing VP as the student connection to all things SUMA, including managing the website, newsletter, social media platforms, and event promotions. This role is ideal for students with strong organizational and writing skills, and a love for social media.

(NEW!) Editor-In-Chief: The Editor-In-Chief is responsible for content development for the SUMASA Scoop and SUMASA website and developing a content strategy to ensure that key information is in the hands of SUMA students and faculty. This role is ideal for students with strong writing skills and some experience with WordPress and Mailchimp.

(NEW!) Symposium Chair: The Symposium Chair will be responsible for the design and implementation of the Annual Sustainable Perspective Symposium through organizing the Symposium Committee, coordinate to potential speakers, and setting up logistics for SUMASA’s flagship event.