Danny Navarro, Candidate, President

Master’s Student, Public Administration (part-time student)

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Brief biography and candidate statement about why you would be qualified for this position:

My name is Danny Navarro. I am native of Miami, Florida and I have been living in Arlington, VA for the past year. I graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in History, focusing on the modern era. After graduation, I returned to Miami to work as a Field Organizer for President Obama’s presidential campaign. Our work laid the foundations for the historic voter turnout in Miami-Dade County in 2012. After a year respite, I moved to Washington, D.C. to work with Voto Latino, a nonprofit organization aimed at engaging Latino millennials to the electoral process through social media outreach. I am now entering my final year at George Mason University, pursuing a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Third Party Governance. I am also working at the American Immigration Lawyers Association as the Member Outreach Associate. In my spare time, I enjoy playing strategy games on PC and Xbox, dancing salsa and merengue, and watching basketball and soccer.

I believe that my combination of academic and professional skills will allow me to accomplish the responsibilities of GAPSA President with distinction and humbleness. I have served in multiple leadership positions outside my professional career, including Prime Minister of the International Residential College at UVa and President of the Bolivar Network UVa Latino Alumni Group. Most importantly, I will make sure to be attentive to the needs of our graduate students, promoting open feedback and constructive conversations. I look forward for the opportunity to serving you as the President of the GAPSA. I am confident that we can achieve progress together.

Will you be able to meet the time commitments and expectations of the position? Describe your availability for Fall 2017, as well as other on-going time commitments (e.g., classes, work, organizational involvement).

My current commitments include attending classes at the Arlington campus part-time, and working full-time at the American Immigration Lawyers Association in downtown DC. I have no other formal commitments with other organizations during the weeknights or weekends. Although I live in Arlington, I have the means to travel to the Fairfax campus or organize conference calls at appropriate times. For Fall 2017, I will be attending my two classes on Thursdays.

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