Meet the 2020 PLS Steering Committee!

January 27, 2020
Story by Jordan Baker

The National Campus Leadership Council is thrilled to announce members of the 2020 Steering Committee!

This year’s committee is comprised of student body presidents who exemplify student leadership. Steering Committee members will work with NCLC staff and volunteers in planning all elements of the Presidential Leadership Summit, taking place June 5-8 in Washington, DC.

Steering Committee members are passionate about providing incoming student body presidents with the tools they need to successfully lead their student body and are interested in using their voice to inspire curriculum and sessions at PLS.

Meet the students who are ready to strengthen the next generation of student leaders at PLS 2020.

The Steering Committee members include:

Aaliyah McLean, James Madison University 
Aaliyah McLean is a senior Media Arts and Design with a concentration in Journalism at James Madison University. In addition to serving as the Student Body President, she is the Revitalizing President of Women of Color, an organization on campus to help empower other minority women and a Spring 2018 Initiate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Abdillahi Dirie, Missouri State University
Abdillahi is a senior majoring in Health Communication with a minor in Health Care Management. He is from Kansas City, Missouri, (GO CHIEFS)! He currently serves as the Student Body President at Missouri State University. He is excited to join NCLC this summer on the PLS 2020 Steering Committee and help student leaders grow and reach their potential.

Antonio D. Scott, The University of Memphis
Antonio is the Student Body President of the 70th General Assembly of the Student Government Association. Antonio is passionate about student activism and educating others to be global citizens. After graduation, Antonio plans to attend graduate school to pursue degrees in Higher Education with the goal of becoming a university president. In May, Antonio will graduate magna cum laude from the UofM with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Organizational Leadership and a double minor in Communication and Africana Studies.

Austin Graber, Iowa State University
Austin Graber is the Student Body President at Iowa State University. One of his favorite projects this year has been creating video updates highlighting campus resources in areas of mental health, sustainability, campus safety, and diversity and inclusion on campus. Outside of Student Government, Austin enjoys playing intramural sports.

Dina Rosin, Claremont McKenna College
Dina is a Senior majoring in Philosophy and Public Affairs at Claremont McKenna College, where she is currently serving as Student Body President. She is passionate about student advocacy and hopes to provide a unique perspective coming from a small liberal arts college. She is originally from Bernardsville, New Jersey, and hopes to eventually attend law school.

Eleanor Grudin, University of California – San Diego
Eleanor Grudin serves as the Associated Students President at the University of California, San Diego. She is a 3rd-year Ecology Biology major, political science and environmental studies double minor from just outside of Seattle, Washington. As the AS President, her term has been focused on improving access to mental health and basic needs resources for students, developing student-centered transportation and parking policies, and addressing student-facing Title IX challenges.

Matthew Walter, University of Denver
Matthew is a joint BA & MPP student at the University of Denver, currently serving as Student Body President. During his time, Matthew has rewritten the Constitution and Bylaws, increased student access to the Board of Trustees, and is a founding member of the Colorado Student Government Coalition.

Mario Kakos, Michigan State University
Mario is a senior majoring in political science and minoring in leadership of organizations at Michigan State University. He has a passion for serving his community, connecting with others and taking long walks by the Red Cedar River. 

Neal Bhakta, University of Minnesota Duluth
Neal is a Junior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, majoring in Political Science and Communication. He got involved in student advocacy by the third week of his freshman year and has never looked back. Neal actually plans on staying in college for the rest of his life by pursuing a career in Student Affairs. Outside of Student Government work, he’s a huge Damian Lillard Fan and loves to listen to music and will always take any new suggestions.

Noel Mills, University of Iowa
Noel is a fourth-year Environmental Policy and Planning student at the University of Iowa. She has been involved with her Student Government Association her whole college career and currently serves as Student Body President. Originally from Waterloo, Iowa, she hopes to stay in the state and work in the public sector.

Ricky Brazzel, Louisiana State University at Alexandria
Ricky is a two-time Student Government President for LSU Alexandria and was elected by the LSU Council of Student Body Presidents to represent the students on the LSU Board of Supervisors. He is a senior at LSUA and entering his second term as student body president at the university. He is a history major with a political science minor and intends to attend law school following graduation in May 2020.

Sarah Nassar, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Sarah Nassar is the Student Body President at the University of Michigan – Dearborn and will be attending law school in the fall. She will be serving on the PLS Steering Committee and is an advocate for inclusion and equality for all.


The Presidential Leadership Summit provides student body presidents from around the country with the tools, networks, and skills necessary to confront exigent issues facing students today. The three-day program includes a sweeping offering of policy discussions, expert briefings, skills workshops, and networking opportunities. PLS is designed for today’s student body presidents. It empowers student body presidents to build a national community equipped with the skills and expertise needed to elevate the student voice in America.

PLS 2020 is not to be missed. Develop meaningful connections and meet experts who will inform your leadership and advocacy efforts for years to come. Register here to secure a ticket for yourself and your successor. Early registration rates end on March 15th!

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