Executive Branch

Welcome! The Executive Branch sets the policy agenda and conducts the day-to-day business of the SBA. It is headed by the SBA President, who serves as the executive leader and head of the Cabinet. The Chief of Staff assists the President in guiding the direction of the SBA and serves as the primary advisor.

Meet the Branch

2018 - 2019


Ali Kingston is originally from Clarksville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Memphis in May 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.

She is a 3L and proud member of the O’Connor Inn. She previously served the SBA as Vice-President of First Year Students and Vice-President of Auctions for the Equal Justice Foundation. Ali is a Notes Editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal and thrilled to serve as the SBA President.

During her 2L year, Ali interned for the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless. This past summer, she interned at the National Partnership for Women and Families, in addition to working for the National Academy of Public Administration. In the fall, Ali will be participating in the International Human Rights Clinic.

In her free time, Ali enjoys volunteering through the alumnae association of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi, and as a member of the Junior League of Washington. She is a lover of brunch, traveling, and going to museums.

Chief of Staff

Tazia Statucki is a third year law student from Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Communication Studies with a minor in Chinese Studies.

At GW Law, Tazia is a Managing Editor of the George Washington Law Review, a Vice Chair for the Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court competition, and a member of both the Moot Court Board and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. This year, Tazia will also be participating in the Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction Services Clinic. During her 2L year, Tazia served as the Director of the 1L Leadership Board, a Marshall Inn of Court Advisor, and was a finalist in the Spanogle International Commercial Arbitration Competition.

Most recently, Tazia worked as a Summer Associate at Covington & Burling LLP in New York City. After law school, Tazia hopes to pursue a career as a litigator with a focus in commercial litigation and international arbitration.

Executive Vice President

Matt Sanford was elected Executive Vice President of the GW Law Student Bar Association for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. He previously served two terms as a senator for the Jackson Inn before running for EVP. Matt’s desire to serve his community comes from an understanding that he owes all his success to others who lift him into opportunity and that opportunity for others is best found in a kinder, more inclusive world.

Matt is from just up the Red Line in Rockville, MD and graduated from Towson University with degrees in political science, international studies, and economics. He is now drawn to representing indigent criminal defendants as a public defender.


Vice President of Finance

John B. Wood III is the SBA Vice President of Finance for the 2018-2019 Academic Year.

John is a 3L from Columbia, MD and is a member of the Cardozo Inn. During his 2L year, He served as the Deputy Vice President of Finance. After graduation, he intends to practice in the field of Health Care Fraud and Abuse. Prior to coming to George Washington, John attended the University of Maryland, College Park where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Outside of law school, John is an avid supporter of the Maryland basketball and Real Madrid F.C. He also enjoys playing countless hours of the video game FIFA.

Vice President of Student Affairs

Michael Southard was born and raised in Hamilton, OH, before graduating from Wittenberg University in 2016 with degrees in Political Science and Communication. Originally a student at the American University Washington College of Law, Michael transferred to GW Law after his 1L year.

Michael’s SBA involvement began at American University, where he was twice elected to the SBA Senate. Upon transferring to GW Law, Michael served as Director of the Tenure and Promotions Student Representatives Committee and the Assistant Director of Transfer Students, before becoming the Vice President of Student Affairs. Outside of the SBA, Michael is involved with the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Brief and the Criminal Appeals and Post-Conviction Services Clinic.

Vice President of First Year Students

Jordan is a 2L from Colorado Springs, CO. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Communication Studies. She is a member of the O’Connor Inn of Court, and served on the 1L Leadership Board during her first year of law school. Jordan spent her summer working at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. In her free time, Jordan enjoys spending time outdoors on the beach or in the mountains.


Vice President of Programming

Darra is a 2L and a proud member of the Jackson Inn. In addition to her work with the Student Bar Association, she is also a Writing Fellow and a member of Student Ambassadors and the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. Darra served as the Assistant Director of Weekly Programming during her 1L year.

Darra spent her 1L summer interning at the Legal Aid Society of DC in the Domestic Violence/Family Law Division, and is working at the Federal Communications Commission’s International Bureau in the fall.

Darra enjoys running at the National Mall, finding new brunch spots around the city, and peppermint tea.

Vice President of Outreach

Lena is a 3L from Los Angeles, California, where she received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. Lena has been involved with the SBA for two years, first serving as a member of the Programming Committee and then as Assistant Director of Mentoring. In addition to her work with the SBA, Lena is also a Dean’s Fellow, a member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Board, a Student Ambassador, and Executive Guide Editor of the International Law Review Journal.

Lena interned with the National Association of the Deaf during her 1L summer, and spent her 2L summer working at the Groom Law Group as a Summer Associate. After law school, Lena hopes to work in a firm, and continue pro bono work for deaf and disability rights.