Azeem Edwin – President (pronouns: he/him)
Azeem Edwin is a Dual MGPS and J.D. candidate at the LBJ School. Azeem is a proud Texan and is originally from Humble, Texas. He went to UT as an undergraduate and is proud to say that upon graduation he will be a three-time Longhorn. Before coming to professional school, Azeem worked as a social worker and focused on the general homeless population, refugees, and asylees. Azeem currently serves as Student Body President of LBJ and is extremely excited to serve the student body. After graduation, Azeem is interested in practicing international law. His favorite restaurant is Waffle House.
As president of the student body Azeem works with the GPAC executives to serve as an intermediary between the students and the LBJ administration. Azeem and the LBJ executives also work to plan and execute the social and administrative events that reinforce the LBJ community.
Pablo Pejlatowicz – Vice President and Parliamentarian (pronouns: he/him)
Pablo Pejlatowicz is pursuing his Master of Public Affairs at the LBJ School. His interests include sustainable economic development through innovation and emerging technologies, to reduce crises in Latin America. With a background in law and journalism, Pablo is an assistant lecturer of Human Rights Law at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, in Argentina. Before coming to LBJ, he was Director of Industrial Policy Application at the Argentine Ministry of Productive Development, where he managed benefits for capital goods manufacturers and fostered investments in R&D, with a focus on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. He is currently interning at UT Good Systems’ Future of Work research project and as a community expert on AI/ML at the World Economic Forum.
As Vice President and Chair of Academic and Internal Affairs at GPAC, Pablo serves between the LBJ School and the students to better accommodate the academic offer to the students’ needs.
Michael Kiel – Finance (pronouns: he/him)
Michael Kiel is pursuing M.A.s in Global Policy Studies and Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin. He grew up near Houston before attending Vassar College in upstate New York. He has worked as an immigration paralegal, as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Austria, and as an Assistant Director at the Oliver Scholars Program in New York City. Currently, his research focuses on Russia, the Balkans, and international development. As the Finance Director, he is committed to serving the LBJ community transparently and
Sarah Campbell- Communications Director (pronouns: she/her)
Sarah Campbell is a second-year MPAff candidate at the LBJ School focusing her research on policy relating to prisons, policing, and justice. Before making her debut as a Texan, Sarah grew up in both Indiana and Southern California and attended the University of Oklahoma for her bachelor’s in criminal justice. She currently works as a criminal and juvenile justice policy analyst for State Representative Gene Wu—an LBJ alum—and as a policy associate for the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition. Sarah recently has worked with three other UT students to create Texas’ first reentry handbook geared toward higher education for the Texas Prison Education Initiative and conducts volunteer research for the Texas Fair Defense Project. Please ask her about her cat, Frida.
As Communications Director, Sarah builds and maintains the GPAC brand and manages all internal and external GPAC communications, such as our amazing Twitter and Instagram accounts (follow us).
Joseph Flores – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (pronouns: he/him)
Joseph is originally from San Antonio, Tx and completed his bachelor’s at UT studying International relations and Latin American studies. He began his interest in migration while interning at the Council on Foreign Relations and after completing some years in project management, decided to pursue his master’s with the LBJ School.
Brendan Kennedy – Community Engagement (pronouns: he/him)
Brendan Kennedy is a second-year MPAff student with a focus on urban policy and affordable housing. Before LBJ, he graduated from Trinity University with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish before working for U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett’s San Antonio office in a community engagement role. Brendan is also a Blodgett Fellow and Co-President of the school’s ICMA chapter. Don’t bother him on Saturdays before 2 – he’s probably watching soccer.
Niina Nomura – Student Life (pronouns: she/her)
Niina Nomura is an MGPS candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, studying conflict and hunger. Niina is originally from Japan and completed her bachelor’s degree in Education at Kobe City University of Foreign Studies, Japan. Before coming to LBJ, Niina worked as a high school teacher and was a Japan Model United Nations Associations advisor. Niina loves traveling and hopes to explore the entire African continent in the near future.
Nishat Tasnim – Professional Development (pronouns: she/her)
Nishat Tasnim is an MPAff candidate at the LBJ School. She is an international student from Bangladesh. She completed her Undergraduate and Graduate degree in Economics from University of Dhaka. Before coming to professional school, Nishat worked as a development practitioner and focused on financial inclusion for women, gender mainstreaming, behavioral insights and innovation space.