Chief of Staff Jade Yeban | | Office Hours: Tuesday, 3-4 p.m. at the USGD office, Thursday, 6-7 p.m. at the Taylor Place Starbucks and Friday, 12:30-1:30 p.m. or 12:30-3 p.m.

Jade YebanJade Yeban is a junior in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Barrett, the Honors College at ASU. She is originally from Suwanee in North Georgia. She is a journalism major, political science minor and pre-law student in the Accelerated Master’s Program. Her professional work can be seen in publications including the Arizona Republic, AZ Big Media and the Downtown Devil, and this semester, she is a broadcast reporting intern at CW6. She hopes to become a political analyst or legal correspondent for a news network.

She is the recipient of two Presidential Gold Awards for Community Service and loves to volunteer at organizations including Feed My Starving Children, Toys for Tots, the Salvation Army and many more. She is so excited to be your 2016-2017 Chief of Staff for USGD! Last year, she served as a Cronkite Senator, the Government Operations Committee Chairwoman and the Senate Pro Tempore. Jade really enjoy advocating for great causes, meeting amazing people and influencing students to make the most out of their college experience through student government! Fear the Fork!

Director of Administration Candace Thomas | | Office Hours: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and Friday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the USGD office

Hand PitchforkCandace Thomas is a third year transfer student from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is studying tourism management at ASU and serves as the Director of Administration for USGD. She was also involved in the student government at NMSU as its Director of Activities, where she planned and coordinated a number of free student events. Her hobbies include Netflix binging, trying to close the elevator before someone else gets on, staying up until 2 a.m. for no reason and then being exhausted the next day, and tacos. This is the first year that Candace has been in USGD is very excited to be a new Sun Devil. Forks Up!

Director of Finance Vanessa Herb | | Office Hours: Monday, 2-5 p.m. and Wednesday, 1-4 p.m. at the USGD office

vanessa2Vanessa Herb is a junior with a major in journalism and mass communication and a minor in communication. Her family currently lives in Chino Valley, Arizona, a rural town just outside of Prescott. Aside from USGD, Vanessa is a DJ for Blaze Radio 1330 a.m. and the Marketing/PR intern at the Heard Museum. She enjoys volunteering when she can. She is a Chicanos Por La Causa scholarship recipient, and she does community service for their organization regularly. She has volunteered for political campaigns and has also been a camp counselor for the Women’s Empowerment Breakthrough conference in Prescott, AZ, a camp devoted to helping at-risk teenage girls embrace themselves and embrace confidence.

Some of her interests include listening to and playing music, attending concerts, photography, art of any kind and making new friends. She is very open to many options career-wise, but right now, her goal is to get into grad school; shooting for the stars, she’d like to get into law school to study human rights/civil rights law. Though she is a junior, she will be graduating in May 2017.

Director of Local Affairs Maryann Hoang | | Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday, 2-4 p.m. at the Taylor Place floor two lounge

maryann3Maryann Hoang is a third year nursing student at ASU and serves as the Director of Local Affairs for the Undergraduate Student Governent at the Downtown location. She loves cooking, listening to music and getting to know new people.

This is the third year that Maryann has been on USGD, serving the two previous years as Senator for the College of Nursing and Health Innovation. Please contact her with any questions or ideas for events you’d like to see Downtown!

Director of Public Relations Kaitlyn Kor | | Office Hours: Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the law building and Thursday, 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the USGD office

IMG_1402Kaitlyn Kor is a sophomore studying journalism with an emphasis in public relations at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. She is also pursuing a business minor from the W.P Carey School of Business and earning a certificate in sales and marketing. Kaitlyn is originally from Ankeny, IA and serves as the director of public relations for USGD.

In the future, Kaitlyn hopes to work as a PR representative for either a sports agency or nonprofit organization. Kaitlyn is excited to serve students on the downtown Phoenix campus during her first semester on USGD. Please contact her with any questions or ideas you might have to better the downtown campus!

Director of Marketing Emma Fernandez | | Office Hours:

emma2Emma Fernandez is a freshman at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. She is in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication, majoring in sports broadcasting. She was born and raised in Arizona.

Emma currently serves as the director of marketing for USGD. Prior to attending ASU, Emma was the sports editor and later editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper. After college, Emma plans on becoming an on-the-field-reporter or a public relations representative for a professional sports team. As director of marketing, Emma designs and distributes marketing for USGD. Emma loves hearing from her constituents so feel free to email her at or call her at (480) 253-2266.

Director of State and Municipal Affairs Ryan Leith | | Office Hours: Monday, 5-8 p.m. at the Taylor Place Starbucks and Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. at the USGD office

ryan1Ryan Leith, a Fargo, North Dakota, native, is a junior majoring in urban and metropolitan studies and minoring in sustainability. In high school, he was a member of Air Force JROTC and NHS, and attended North Dakota Boys State. He has worked on a youth commission with Cass County in North Dakota, worked in presidential primary and general elections, and volunteered for gubernatorial campaigns.

As part of his sustainability studies, Ryan was fortunate enough to attend the Climate Leadership Summit at the School of Sustainability in Tempe last year. In his free time, Ryan can usually be found riding his bike, reading, listening to NPR, or simply relaxing with friends. His career plans are quite open at this point, but Ryan’s goal is to be somewhere where he can help to create more equitable and sustainable cities.