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MSC03 2210
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Student Union Building

Phone: (505) 277-3803



President - Alaa Elmaoued (gpsapres@unm.edu)

School of Medicine

Alaa Elmaoued is a 4th year Medical Student who olds a Master's degree in Nanoscience. Alaa has been involved in GPSA for the past several years and previously served as the Graduate Health Committee Chair from 2014 to 2016. His goals as GPSA President include increasing collaboration between the various graduate departments, encouraging interdisciplinary networking among graduate students at UNM, and serving as an advocate for all students, including those who are non-traditional, immigrants, refugees, and/or students of color. He is also committed to improving the GPSA Grants process, to make it more inclusive and departmentally representative. In his limited free time, Alaa enjoys spending time with his family, meeting new people, debating with his friends, cooking and eating delicious food, hiking, and watching cartoons. 

Council Chair - Abhinav Aggarwal (gpsacouncil@unm.edu)



Mark NarvaezChief of Staff - Trajuan Briggs (gpsacos@unm.edu)

College of Education

Trajuan Briggs is a first year Masters in Sport Administration student in the College of Education's Health, Exercise, & Sport Sciences Program. Raised in San Fernando, California, Trajuan attended the University of California-Berkeley, before transferring to the University of New Mexico. A student and two-time letterman Lobo football player, he received a B.A. in Liberal Arts 2014. After graduating, Trajuan began to cover USC athletics for the SB Nation website in 2015 producing articles, podcasts, and web-series. In 2016 Trajuan put the microphone down and picked up a whistle returning to New Mexico to become a graduate assistant for the Lobo football team. Trajuan enjoys reading, bowling, and facetiming his little sister who resides in California whenever he is not doing homework.

Deputy Chief of Staff - TBD (gpsaproj@unm.edu)  

Elections Chair  - TBD  (votegpsa@unm.edu)

Finance Chair - TBD (

SallyGrants Chair - Sally Barker (gpsafunding@unm.edu)

School of Public Administration

Lobby Chair- TBD (gpsalobb@unm.edu)

School of Public Administration

Programs Chair- TBD  (gpsaprog@unm.edu)

Student Support & Advocacy Chair - TBD (gpsasupport@unm.edu)



Graduate Health Chair - TBD  (gpsahealth@unm.edu)


Legislative Steering Committee Chair- TBD  (gpsalsc@unm.edu)



Chief Justice - Taylor Smith

School of Law

Taylor Smith is a third-year law student. He currently works at the New Mexico Court of Appeals. Taylor plans on pursuing constitutional law and civil rights litigation after graduation. 


Associate Justice - Valeria Garcia

Valeria is working towards dual degrees in M.A. in Latin American Studies and a J.D. from the UNM School of Law. Valeria aims to remain at UNM to pursue her graduate studies because of the campus' diversity and its overall welcoming and accepting environment. Growing up in a Latin American family helped her to see the needs of Latin American immigrants here in the U.S., which drove to her decision to pursue a dual MA LAS/JD degree. Valeria has served as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese for two years and currently assists with English to Spanish translation of K-12 curriculum materials with the LAII. After completing her degrees, Valeria plans to practice immigration, family law, or criminal law in New Mexico.


Office Manager - TBD  (gpsaoff@unm.edu)