The GAAP Board of Directors is made up of 11 dedicated students who work year-round to plan GAAP events for prospective and admitted Georgetown students. You can learn about each Director below by clicking on their name!
For current Georgetown students, applications for the GAAP board are available in April of each year. Please know that serving on the GAAP Board is a significant extracurricular commitment. We welcome all applicants! For further questions on how to get involved, please look at @georgetowngaap on Facebook.
To contact the GAAP Board, you can either email the specific Director at their email address listed in their bio or you can email the whole Board at email@example.com.
Kirsten Garino, New Jersey
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Hometown: Oradell, NJ
High School: The Academy of the Holy Angels
Activities: GAAP, Editor for The Hoya, New Student Orientation, Hoya Blue, English Honors Programs
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Kirsten Garino and I’m a senior in the College majoring in English with minors in Studio Art and Spanish. I’m a proud North Jersey native, but I always knew I wanted to go to college in a big city, and I fell in love with Georgetown the first time I walked across Healy Lawn. To me, going to Georgetown meant having the amazing culture of DC at my fingertips, from museums and art galleries to festivals and opportunities for political engagement, without ever having to sacrifice a beautiful campus and the tight-knit, spirited community that comes with it. But perhaps even more than the fabulous resources of campus and the District, what has made my time at Georgetown special is the incredible mix of people that I have met here. Smart, ambitious, giving and incredibly resilient, my friends, neighbors and classmates are what have truly made the Hilltop into a home for me and inspired my deepest growth over the past four years. When I’m not planning GAAP programming to help students like you through the admissions process, I’ve spent my time on campus editing stories with The Hoya’s investigative journalism team, mentoring new first-years with NSO, exploring the city and screaming myself hoarse at every Hoya basketball game. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions, want to talk, or just want to listen to me go on and on about why I love Georgetown! Hope to see you on the Hilltop soon, and Hoya Saxa!
Lea Frawley, New York
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Hometown: Middle Village, NY
High School: Dominican Academy
Activities: GAAP, The Blue and Gray Tour Guide Society, Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union (GUASFCU), Georgetown Stories, College Peer Advisor, Club Softball, Irish American Society
Hey, future Hoyas!! My name is Lea Frawley, and I’m a senior in the College studying Psychology. I’m originally from Middle Village, New York, and I went to an all girls school in Manhattan. I first fell in love with Georgetown as a six year old, when my brother was a student here. Now that I am here, I continue to fall in love more and more with Georgetown every single day, and this love has driven me to invest my time and energy in activities on campus that promote Georgetown in this light. More specifically, after I attended GAAP weekend in Spring 2019, I knew GAAP was an organization I would be very passionate about. In addition to GAAP, I am Co-Chair of the Baker Scholars Program (program for juniors and seniors in the college interested in business), tour guide with the Blue and Gray Society, student worker in the Admissions Office, Director of Intern Engagement for our completely student run credit union GUASFCU, and Peer Advisor for students in the College. I see GAAP as the perfect culmination of everything I love on campus, and I could not be happier to be on the board for the 3rd year! Over the past 3 years, Georgetown has become my home away from home, and I have met some of the greatest, most intelligent, accomplished, and driven people here that I know will go on to do amazing and beneficial things with their lives. From the best friends I’ve made and classes I’ve taken, to the unparalleled pre-professional experience I have gained, I will be ready for anything I set my mind to. There is a place for everyone at Georgetown truly, so I hope you decide to make Georgetown your home. Please feel free to reach out with any questions about anything ranging from the first year, being undeclared, or fun things to do in DC! I would love to help in any way possible. Good luck with everything! Hoya Saxa!
Louis Kaldas, Austria
Georgetown McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Major: International Business
Hometown: Vienna, Austria/ Neenah, Wisconsin
High School: Danube International School – Vienna, Green Bay West High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown European Union, Georgetown German Club, Georgetown Ski Club, Hoya Blue
Hello, future Hoyas! My name is Louis Kaldas and I am in the McDonough School of Business class of 2023. I am majoring in International Business and hope to work in the aviation industry after college. My choice of study reflects my upbringing as I spent most of my childhood between Europe and North America. I attended school in Austria and the United States before coming to the hilltop. Hence, I understand what it is like to come to Georgetown from both an international and a domestic background. As I was applying to college I researched and visited a variety of different schools, one of them being Georgetown. A couple months before I started freshman year, I also attended GAAP weekend. Both visits helped me realize the distinctive characteristics of the university in comparison to other institutions. It became clear to me that instead of merely receiving an academic education, one is immersed in a singular and wholistic four-year adventure as a Hoya. On the hilltop one can do anything from being a part of a diverse and genuinely inviting community through learning from pioneers in their respective fields and joining unique student organizations and clubs to living in a city that yields opportunities in countless different sectors. But that’s not all Georgetown has to offer. Getting to know your peers especially, will be the epitome of your experience here. Whether it be through study sessions, exploring DC, making late night runs to Insomnia Cookies (great cookie shop in Georgetown, open until 3am), or having breakfast together before class, you will find pleasure in being with the people around you. Likely you will uphold these valuable relationships for the rest of your life. Your initial time at the university will thus lead to formative, impactful, and special four years. I look forward to welcoming you to the hilltop soon. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Best of Luck and Hoya Saxa!
Co-Directors of Admitted Student Outreach
Abigail Malarkey, Pennsylvania
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Major: English and Spanish
Hometown: Wallingford, PA
High School: Strath Haven High School
Activities: GAAP, Student Activities Commission, GU Space Initiative, H*yas for Choice, and STEMME
Hey future Hoyas! My name is Abby Malarkey, and I’m from “outside Philly” in Wallingford, Pennsylvania. I’m a senior in the College, studying Math and minoring in Spanish. Coming into college, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I knew that I wanted a liberal arts education so that I could explore all different fields before deciding which one(s) was right for me. Georgetown was the perfect decision, as I can pursue being a math nerd while also studying Spanish, and at the same time, be able to participate and learn in Georgetown’s enthusiastic political environment in the heart of DC. My feelings were cemented after GAAP weekend, where I could feel that my future Georgetown peers were as excited to welcome me to campus as I was to be there. During my time at Georgetown, some of my favorite moments have included listening to Bernie Sanders and Cory Booker speak at MSNBC’s Climate Forum and attending Nancy Pelosi’s take on the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, both held in our very own Gaston Hall! Outside of my classes and GAAP, I serve as a Commissioner on the Student Activities Commission (SAC), I co-lead the Space Health team for Georgetown University Space Initiative (GUSI), I table for H*yas for Choice, I am on the board of STEMME (Georgetown Women in STEM), and I’m a TA for the Math Department. During my free time, I absolutely love exploring everything DC has to offer. Whether it be studying in the Library of Congress, visiting museums, walking the monuments, trying new restaurants, or giving up the Phillies’ longtime feud with the Nats to attend the World Series parade, there is never a boring moment. On campus, my best days include enjoying a fresh honeycrisp apple on Copley Lawn with my friends at the Wednesday Farmers Markets. I’d love to get to know you, so please don’t hesitate to reach out! HOYA SAXA!
Zehra Mirza, Maryland
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Major: Economics and Spanish
Hometown: Ocean City, MD
High School: Stephen Decatur High School
Activities: GAAP, New Student Orientation (NSO), Georgetown Stories, International Relations Club (IRC) Georgetown Running Club (GRC)
Hi future Hoyas!!! My name is Zehra Mirza (pronounced like “Sarah” but with a Z) and I am currently in the College planning on studying Economics and Spanish. I’m from Ocean City, MD, which is just a few hours outside DC. While I love living by the beach, I absolutely love living and attending school here in DC! From diverse cuisine options to being able to walk from one part of the city to the next, being in DC is an immersive and exciting experience. Now onto my Georgetown specific experience, there are a multitude of reasons why I am so grateful to be going to school here, but I have to say the community is my favorite aspect. Georgetown is a unique school because it gives the small college town experience while simultaneously providing numerous opportunities that a city offers. I have gotten to know my professors personally through the small class sizes and make close friends through classes and clubs. Through my time here at Georgetown so far, I have been able to be a part of such a strong and supportive community. As I continue my Georgetown experience, I cannot wait for all the more memories and opportunities to come. From walking to see the sunrise at the Lincoln Memorial, biking around DC in search of the best bakeries, spending the whole day at the library with friends to study/socialize, and meeting a US Senator on campus, Georgetown is a university like no other! I am a huge Georgetown enthusiast, and would love to share more about my Georgetown experience and/or any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out, and as always, HOYA SAXA!!!
Director of Operations
Renee Liu, China/Sweden
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Hometown: Shanghai, China/Gothenburg, Sweden
High School: Shanghai American School
Activities: GAAP, Hilltop Consultants, Asian American Student Association, Georgetown International Relations Association/Club
Hello future Hoyas!! My name is Renee Liu and I’m a senior in the College majoring in Economics and minoring in Environmental Studies and Business Administration. I’m originally from Gothenburg, Sweden, but have lived in Shanghai, China for 12 years. The college applications may seem daunting but we are all here to help you ease into the process and Georgetown! As for myself, I knew Georgetown was the right place for me after stepping onto our gorgeous campus and meeting students who were extremely passionate and excited about the school and all it has to offer. Upon joining the Georgetown community, it proved all of these students correct in being so incredibly welcoming and awe-inspiring. Since coming to campus, my conversations with classmates have spurred my motivation to take on classes in new disciplines as well as experiment with new club activities and events. Additionally, with its Jesuit roots and values such as “cura personalis” and “educating the whole person”, Georgetown continuously encourages us to contribute to our surrounding community. Whether this be through programs at the Center of Social Justice or through student organizations, we always keep our Georgetown or larger DC community in mind. While I had many initial concerns about moving away to college, I can now confidently say that I have found a home on the Hilltop. On campus, you can find me reaching out to future Hoyas like you in the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program (GAAP), working for non-profit clients at Hilltop Consultants, connecting with fellow AAPI classmates at our Asian American Student Association (AASA) , or taking up new challenges such as staffing conferences with the Georgetown International Relations Association (GIRA). To say that Georgetown has taught me a lot would be a great understatement, but hopefully I can share more of my experiences with you on campus! Please feel free to reach out via email with any questions about Georgetown or college in general! Good luck, and of course, Hoya Saxa!!
Director of Communications
Savannah Baugh, Indiana
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Major: Spanish, Justice and Peace Studies
Hometown: Martinsville, IN
High School: Martinsville High School
Activities: GAAP, Georgetown Pre-Law Society, Hoyas Inspire Language Learners (HILL), GU Students for DC Statehood, H*yas for Choice
Hi future Hoyas!! My name is Savannah Baugh, and I am a sophomore in the College majoring in Spanish & Justice and Peace Studies on a pre-law track! I am from right outside Indianapolis, Indiana, and love bonding with other Hoyas from the Midwest over our shared Midwestern roots 🙂 Upon my arrival at Georgetown, I immediately fell in love with the city of DC, the community overall, and the opportunities I have access to by being a Georgetown student. Although I have only spent one year on the Hilltop so far, I have gotten the chance to attend speeches on campus given by inspiring national figures like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Raphael Warnock, former mayor of San Antonio and 2020 presidential candidate Julián Castro, and chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Pramila Jayapal. As someone with a passion for all things politics, these experiences have taught me more than I could have imagined just in my first year at Georgetown. Opportunities like these, coupled with the ability to take a quick trip to the National Mall on a whim, are why Georgetown is so special and unique. Some of my other favorite things to do at Georgetown include watching Hoya basketball at Capital One Arena, having a picnic on the front lawn with friends, and eating a $3 falafel sandwich from Falafel Inc., just a couple blocks away from campus! Additionally, I love being able to live on a small, beautiful campus in a quaint neighborhood while also being just a Metro ride away from the big city. I have discovered passions here at Georgetown I was not even aware I had, and I have met my very best friends and amazing, driven peers. The small classroom setting allows for students and professors to get to know one another, which in my experience has been incredibly beneficial to my learning journey. Because I was a 2021 high school graduate, I originally joined GAAP to get a glimpse into GAAP weekends since I did not get the chance to experience one in person due to COVID-19. Immediately, I fell in love with the organization and all of the people involved. Through GAAP, I have met some of the kindest people and have further fostered my love for Georgetown. GAAP has truly made me realize I made the right college decision, and I would not trade that for anything! Please reach out to me if you have any questions at all about the application process, student life, classes, or anything else! I love interacting with prospective and future Hoyas, and I would love to help out in any way I can! Hoya Saxa!
Director of Digital Media
Rachel Son, Maryland
School of Health (SOH)
Major: Healthcare Management and Policy
Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD
High School: Thomas S. Wootton High School
Activities: GAAP, Innovo Consulting, School of Health Peer Advisor, Asian American Student Association, UNICEF
Hey Future Hoyas!! My name is Rachel Son and I’m a sophomore in the School of Health majoring in Healthcare Management and Policy, minoring in Economics. I’m from Gaithersburg, MD which happens to only be a 30-minute drive from campus. Going into college I was worried that the close proximity to home would deter me from the typical college experience, but I shortly realized I had nothing to worry about. Georgetown has become my home away from home and 30 minutes turned out to be the perfect distance for me. Georgetown drew me in with its beautiful campus, optimal location, and endless opportunities I knew we as students would have the privilege of exploring. And while all of these reasons still ring true, my biggest thank-you to Georgetown would have to be about the people. The hilltop has given me some of the most important people in my life today and it truly is the friends that you make, the professors that you learn from, and the peers that you get to know that make the experience whole. Aside from GAAP, I’m involved with Innovo Consulting and am a Peer Advisor for incoming students in our School of Health. In my free time, you might find me hanging out with my friends on Healy Lawn, walking around the beautiful Georgetown streets, or grabbing a bite to eat on M. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and good luck with everything 🙂 I hope to see you all on the Hilltop! HOYA SAXA!!
Co-Directors of Prospective Student Outreach
Isaac Choi, Texas
McDonough School of Business (MSB)
Major: Marketing and Operations/Analytics
Hometown: Katy, TX
High School: James E. Taylor High School
Activities: GAAP, Innovo Consulting, AASA, MSB DE&I Committee
Hi future Hoyas! My name is Isaac Choi, and I am a sophomore in the MSB planning on studying Marketing and Operations/Analytics. I was born and raised in a suburb of Houston, Texas called Katy and have lived there my entire life (so you can imagine the excitement I felt once I got into Georgetown)! While the transition from Texas to DC was overwhelming at first, I never regret making the big move. At Georgetown, I love staying involved through different student organizations. I’m a member of Innovo Consulting, one of our management consulting clubs on campus, and of course GAAP :)) Both through my involvement on campus and also meeting new people randomly, I’ve made friends from all around the world with so many unique stories, experiences and interests, and for that, I’m so thankful. I truly believe there’s no place like Georgetown. From being able to go to the monuments and museums to walking out the front gates and exploring the Georgetown neighborhood, there’s so much to do. I’m so excited for the next 3 years here on the hilltop and would love to share more about my experiences with you! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out!!! HOYA SAXA!
Mayah Grandison, Florida
Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS)
Major: International Political Economy
Hometown: Miramar, Florida
High School: Saint Thomas Aquinas High School
Activities: GAAP, B.R.A.V.E., Caribbean Culture Circle, Club Fencing, H*yas for Choice
Hello future Hoyas! My name is Mayah Grandison and I’m from Miramar, South Florida. I’m currently a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy with a minor in French and a certificate in African Studies. As someone who had their heart set on Georgetown for years, I can say with 100% certainty that GU has exceeded all my expectations. The unbeatable location, the plethora of opportunities for personal and pre-professional growth, and the chance to learn about different subjects and explore your potential interests all make Georgetown an incredibly special university. Although difficult to choose, my favorite thing about Georgetown is how it truly has something and someone for everyone! Coming into my freshman year, I was hesitant in deciding what to major in or what activities I wanted to be a part of, yet when I was exposed to the countless course options and extracurricular activities, this feeling quickly dissipated. Additionally, it is easy to find a community within and beyond the campus gates, whether that be through clubs, volunteer work, sporting events, or simply waiting to spot Hillary Clinton come out of Copley Formal Lounge! Outside of GAAP, I publicize events for the Caribbean Culture Circle and raise money for the B.R.A.V.E Summit. When not in class, I enjoy discovering DC’s best restaurants with friends, hanging by the waterfront, and visiting the endless museums the city has to offer. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or if you want to learn more about why Georgetown is such an amazing place! Hoya Saxa!
Director of State and Regional Chairs
Quinn Ogle, Texas
College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)
Major: Computer Science and Psychology
Hometown: Houston, TX
High School: Episcopal High School
Activities: GAAP, New Student Orientation, Prison Outreach, and GIVES
Hi future Hoyas!! My name is Quinn Ogle, and I am a sophomore in the College planning on studying Computer Science and Psychology. I’m from Houston, TX so moving to the east coast and getting used to the cold (and especially snow) was a steep learning curve for me, but one that I accepted with excitement as I couldn’t wait to experience all four seasons in DC. And let me tell you, it was worth it! DC has so many amazing things to offer, from visiting the seemingly endless supply of museums and monuments to shopping at flea markets to kayaking on the Potomac, my friends and I never run out of something to do. I especially love the Georgetown area because we are surrounded by a beautiful neighborhood, perfect coffee shops for studying, and delicious restaurants, not to mention our wonderful campus. Coming to college, I pretty much had no clue what I wanted to study, even deciding between STEM and the humanities seemed like a big decision to me. Luckily, Georgetown’s liberal arts focus gave me the opportunity to explore all my interests before settling on an official major. Even after deciding what I wanted to study, the plethora of opportunities around campus both in and out of the classroom, allows me to continue to explore all my passions. Around campus I am involved in GAAP and GIVES (our random acts of kindness club) and am excited to help out with New Student Orientation this fall. I love these clubs as they give me the opportunity to contribute to the Georgetown community which I find so special. The people around campus are both incredibly driven and passionate while also being down to earth and excited to connect with fellow hoyas, a combination that truly makes our campus come to life. I hope you come to love the hilltop as much as I do, and if you have any questions in the meantime or just wanna chat about Georgetown, please feel free to reach out!