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

2019 - 2020

President

Born in Nigeria, Damilola G. Arowolaju is a 3L at GW Law. Damilola immigrated to America as a young child with his family and grew up in the Chicagoland Area. The challenges he faced growing up inspired him to fight to forge a brighter future for others. As an undergrad at Northwestern University, Damilola studied Social Policy while leading a number of groups and initiatives focused on providing social, academic, and emotional support for students of color. This activism, together with his studies on mass incarceration and social inequality, convinced Damilola that his path lay within the law.

In looking ahead to his legal career, Damilola’s interests include regulatory counseling, data-privacy and security, and litigation. Damilola is also passionate about social reform and aspires to enter government service to implement policies that dismantle social inequality. As part of the William T. Coleman Jr. Fellowship, he spent his 1L summer as a summer associate in the New York and D.C. offices of O’Melveny & Myers. And spent his 2L summer in O’Melveny’s D.C. office while also attending the Oxford International Human Right Law Summer Program.

During the school year, he has served as an intern for a judge on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and as a research assistant for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Damilola is a former Co-Academic Chair for the GW Black Law Students Association, a Staff Editor on the Public Contract Law Journal, and a member of the Moot Court Board.

Chief of Staff

Jordan Hare is a 3L 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 1L summer working at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project. In her free time, Jordan enjoys spending time outdoors on the beach or in the mountains.

Executive Vice President

Amanda Townsend is a 3L from Sarasota, FL. For undergrad, she attended The Pennsylvania State University where she graduated with a major in Criminology and three minors in Dispute Management and Resolution, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Theater. Upon graduation, she served as an AmeriCorp VISTA member at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley in their Veterans Unit. Amanda always knew that she wanted to be an attorney, but she didn’t discover her area of law until she heard the stories of female veterans while at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley. She decided that she wanted to serve survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, which is what drove her decision to come to The George Washington University Law School.

Currently, at GW Law, Amanda is a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal, Mock Trial Board, and GW Law Revue (*jazz hands*). Previously, Amanda had served as a SBA Senator for two years. She also participated in the Domestic Violence Clinic where she interned with the National Network to End Domestic Violence. She also had the pleasure of interning with AEquitas during her 1L summer and Legal Services of Northern Virginia during her 2L summer.

As Executive Vice President, Amanda strives to fulfill her promise of transparency, efficiency, and collaboration.

 

Vice President of Finance

Aaron Parnas is a third year law student from Boca Raton, Florida. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice.

At GW Law, Aaron is a Managing Editor of the George Washington International Law Review and a member of both the Mock Trial Board and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. This year, Aaron will be participating in the Criminal Appeals & Post-Conviction Services Clinic. During his 2L year, Aaron also served as a Marshall Inn of Court Advisor.

Most recently, Aaron worked as a Summer Associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Miami, Florida. After law school, Aaron hopes to work as a litigator with a focus in white collar criminal defense.

Vice President of Student Affairs

Dustin Wyrick was born in Michigan and raised in the Navy. He graduated from Towson University with a degree in Political Science.

He is on the George Washington International Law Review and Mock Trial Board, and is an active participant in mock trial competitions.

In his free time he plays and writes music and is a member of the GW Law School Band.

Vice President of First Year Students

Originally from Pleasantville, NY, Jacqueline Fisher is a 2L at the George Washington University Law School.

Jacqueline attended Hobart and William Smith Colleges where she graduated magma cum laude with a double major in theatre and political science. She was a member of William Smith Colleges’ senior honor society, Hai Timiai.

After serving on the 1L Leadership Board, Jacqueline became the Vice President of First Year Students where she hopes to expand on President Damilola Arowolaju’s initiatives to advance students who identify as low income, first generation, and students with disabilities.

In addition to her work at GW Law, Jacqueline works at McCarter & English LLP in their environmental and energy practice.

 

Vice President of Programming

Sarah Barney is a 2L from Durango, CO. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Theatre Arts: Acting. In addition to her work with the SBA, she is a Writing Fellow and member of Street Law. Sarah served as the Assistant Director of Weekly Programming her 1L year.

Sarah spent her 1L summer interning for the Honorable Thomas C. Wheeler at the Court of Federal Claims.

Sarah enjoys cycling, dogs, and hunting down the best nachos in D.C.

Vice President of Outreach

Ryan Kelley is a 2L from Southern Maryland, where he grew up in his family’s restaurant business. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University Chicago, he worked as a consultant for a Chicago-based tech consulting firm.

Ryan spent his 1L summer as an intern for the Honorable Peter J. Messitte at the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys musical theatre and exploring the DC dining scene.