2019-2020 Board Elections

Current Students: VOTE for SUMASA Board 2019-2020!

Meet the Candidates for SUMASA Board 2019-2020!

SUMASA board members are elected by the SUMA student body to represent and advocate on behalf of students, foster engagement across the SUMA community, and host meaningful professional development and networking opportunities. The elections for the 2019-2020 SUMASA board will take place during April 18-21, 2019.


Any vacancies following the elections will be advertised and filled by the board following candidate interviews.

TOWN HALL & ELECTION NIGHT | Thursday, April 18, 2019, 8:15 – 9:45 PM, Fairchild 601

All candidates will have the opportunity to give a 2-5 minute pitch to their classmates during the SUMASA Town Hall meeting, which will kick off Elections. Depending on the number of candidates, there may be time for questions from voters in the audience. There will be food!

ONLINE VOTING | Friday – Sunday, April 19-21, 2019

Immediately following the Election Night event, members of the SUMA student body (current students only!) will have the opportunity to vote for candidates using an online platform. See link at the top of this page when voting is active!


After the newly-elected board members are announced, a transition process will begin in late April/early May to orient the new board members before roles officially transfer on Graduation Day (May 22, 2019). This is to ensure that the new board will be able to hit the ground running for the upcoming academic year.


The following positions are open for election.

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. He/she is responsible for creating a productive student organization through effective management. This role is ideal for students with strong leadership, interpersonal, and project management skills.

Vice President of Academic Affairs: The VP of Academic Affairs acts as the bridge between SUMA students, faculty, and administration by advising students on academic questions, advocating for student needs to program administrators and faculty, and coordinating events which complement SUMA’s academics. This role is ideal for students with strong interpersonal and project management skills and a good understanding of SUMA’s academic offerings and requirements.

Vice President of Administration and Finance: The VP of Administration & Finance handles behind-the-scenes operations by overseeing SUMASA’s budget, supporting its strategic goals, and facilitating board activities. This role is ideal for students who are deadline-driven, organizationally minded, and financially focused.

Vice President of Communications: The VP of Communications facilitates students’ connection to all things SUMA, including managing social media platforms and event promotions. This role is ideal for students with strong organizational and writing skills and a love of social media.

Vice President of Community Outreach: The VP of Community Outreach is in charge of maintaining and growing the On-Campus Sustainability Network. This position is also tasked with establishing relationships between the sustainability working community in the New York area and the SUMA students and creating opportunities for professional development (office visits, talks, networking, etc.).

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

Editor-in-Chief: The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for content development for the SUMASA Scoop newsletter and SUMASA website and for developing a 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.

Symposium Chair: The Symposium Chair is responsible for the design and implementation of the Annual Sustainable Perspective Symposium through organizing the Symposium Committee, coordinating with potential speakers, and setting up logistics for SUMASA’s flagship event. This role is ideal for students with strong interpersonal, event planning, and project management skills.