2018-19 Executive Board
RYAN DELANEY, PRESIDENT
Hometown: Manhasset, NY | Year: Senior | Major: Sports Management
Career Interests: I have always been interested in working for a professional baseball or basketball team, however, I have recently become especially interested in working for an agency in athlete representation.
Professional Experiences: Game day staff volunteer for the Long Island Ducks, marketing game day intern for the Washington Redskins, Special Olympics intern for Potomac Strategic Development Company
Favorite Sports Teams: New York Yankees, New York Giants, Los Angeles Clippers
Fun Fact: I am ambidextrous.
RISHAB JAIN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Hometown: Closter, NJ | Year: Senior | Major: International Affairs with a concentration in International Economics
Career Interests: I am very passionate about working in the intersection of consulting, behavioral data, and sports.
Professional Experiences: Intern with the Washington Redskins, The United States Department of Commerce, Merck, CG/LA Infrastructure, and The Polling Company
Favorite Sports Teams: New York Giants, New York Yankees
Fun Fact: I was featured on a New York Giants Podcast (Locked On Giants).
SIMON HEIDINGSFELDER, OFFICER OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Hometown: Charleston, SC | Year: Senior | Major: Sports Management
Career Interests: Sponsorship marketing with an NHL or soccer team.
Professional Experiences: Training camp intern with the Washington Redskins, marketing intern with the Washington Redskins, sales intern with DC United
Favorite Sports Teams: Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Tigers, FC Bayern Munich, Chelsea FC
Fun Fact: I was born in Munich, Germany and spent three years living in Shanghai, China.
ZACH SLAUGHTER, VP OF MEMBER RELATIONS
Hometown: Orange County, CA | Year: Senior | Major: Sports Management
Career Interests: Athlete representation, sports and entertainment, hospitality
Professional Experiences: Intern at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, GW Athletic department, The Jessie Reese Foundation
Favorite Sports Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Lakers
Fun Fact: I am on the men's water polo team at GW.
AGAM MITTAL, VP OF COMMUNICATIONS
Hometown: Potomac, MD | Year: Senior | Major: Electrical Engineering
Career Interests: Undecided
Professional Experiences: Intern at the National Institutes of Health, Naval Research Lab and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Favorite Sports Teams: Washington Wizards, Washington Nationals, Carolina Panthers
Fun Fact: I used to have a Southern accent.
NICOLA KARASIK, EDITOR IN CHIEF
Hometown: Oakland, CA | Year: Senior | Major: Journalism and Mass Communications
Career Interests: I want to be an MLB and/or NBA reporter and eventually become a professional sports analyst.
Professional Experiences: Web content assistant in GW's Communications and Marketing Office, sports programming intern for SiriusXM MLB Network, production intern for NBC Sports Washington
Favorite Sports Teams: Golden State Warriors, San Francisco Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Washington Wizards
Fun Fact: I lived in Peru for a year.
MUSTAFA GHASLETWALA, VP OF PARTNERSHIPS
Hometown: Hightstown, NJ | Year: Senior | Major: Sports Management
Career Interests: To become an agent for NBA players
Professional Experiences: Washington Wizards, Special Olympics International, Tandem Sports & Entertainment, The Sports Entertainment Group, iSportsWeb
Favorite Sports Teams: Kansas City Chiefs, San Antonio Spurs
Fun Fact: I have been to six continents.
NIRAV KUMAR, OFFICER OF FINANCE
Hometown: Roslyn Heights, NY | Year: Sophomore | Major: BBA with a concentration in Business Analytics
Career Interests: Sports management, working with large data on Excel, analyzing business transactions
Professional Experiences: Corporate finance intern with Steve Madden
Favorite Sports Teams: New York Giants, New York Yankees, New York Knicks
Fun Fact: I love to watch cricket and am on GW’s cricket team.
MARIETTE GERVITZ, OFFICER OF EVENT PLANNING
Hometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico | Year: Sophomore | Major: Marketing
Career Interests: Sports marketing
Professional Experiences: Interned at DDB Latina PR, Founder of Students Bring the Holidays to P.R. Nonprofit Corp. and with a showcase producer in PR
Favorite Sports Teams: Golden State Warriors, FC Barcelona, New York Yankees
Fun Fact: I played the violin at the Carnegie Hall when I was seven years old.
JONATHAN PRETE, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Hometown: North Haven, CT | Year: Junior | Major: Sport Management and Finance
Career Interests: Sports agent, front office, investment banking
Professional Experiences: Washington Redskins CRM & analytics intern, Washington Redskins Rewards game day staff, Roadmap Advisors Investment Banking intern, U.S. SEC intern, Washington Analysis Marketing Administrative assistant
Favorite Sports Teams: New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, New York Giants
Fun Fact: I'm really into cars and go to the car show in New York every year.
STEPHANIE LEE, VP OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Hometown: North Caldwell, NJ | Year: Senior | Major: Sports Management and Business Analytics
Career Interests: Corporate side of professional sports team/league (specific interest in the NBA)
Professional Experiences: Retail operations intern with the Washington Nationals
Favorite Sports Teams: I don't have favorite sports teams (I follow players more)
Fun Fact: I share a birthday with LeBron James, Tiger Woods and Carson Wentz.
KOHEI ITO, OFFICER OF ALUMNI RELATIONS
Hometown: Paramus, NJ | Year: Senior | Major: Business Administration
Career Interests: Sports sponsorship, community relations, marketing
Professional Experiences: Rockland Boulders, Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, SponsorUnited, PublicRelay
Favorite Sports Teams: New York Yankees
Fun Fact: I play club ultimate frisbee at GW.
ALLEN ZHAO, VP OF MEMBER RELATIONS
Hometown: Dalian, China | Year: Senior | Major: Sports Management
Career Interests: Basketball or baseball operations, youth sports and sports marketing
Professional Experiences: Youth sports coach with Kare Youth League, strategic marketing intern with the Washington Redskins, marketing intern with Sports and Fitness Industry Association
Favorite Sports Teams: USC Trojans football, Los Angeles Dodgers, Kentucky Wildcats basketball
Fun Fact: I have watched the entirety of The Office eight times.
GUTHRIE EDSON, OFFICER OF COMMUNICATIONS
Hometown: Falls Church, VA | Year: Junior | Major: Sport Management
Career Interests: Youth and high school athletics
Professional Experiences: Public address announcing
Favorite Sports Teams: Green Bay Packers, Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, DC United, Liverpool FC
Fun Fact: I can name the capital and correctly identify the flag of every country in the world.
WILIAM DAVIS, OFFICER OF COMMUNICATIONS
Hometown: Washington, DC | Year: Sophomore | Major: Finance
Career Interests: Financial advisor/analyst, possibly working in financial services for a sports team, being a mentor to the youth
Professional Experiences: World Bank, Urban Alliance
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston Celtics, Washington Capitals, Washington Nationals, New England Patriots
Fun Fact: I’m a good bowler, my highest score is a 220.
DIVYA ODAYAPPAN, VP OF EVENT PLANNING
Hometown: Mansfield, MA | Year: Junior | Major: International Affairs and Economics
Career Interests: I don't know exactly what I want as a career, but I hope it incorporates policy, economics and sports; possibly sports data analytics or market research.
Professional Experiences: Intern at MASSPIRG and the Obama Foundation, math tutor for high school students
Favorite Sports Teams: New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics
Fun Fact: I met President Barack Obama last year.