• University Student Union Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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Over the last few years, the USU Board of Directors (BOD) and its committees have launched popular CSUN student destinations including the Student Recreation Center, Oasis Wellness Center, Pride Center and Veterans Resource Center. The BOD also approved making the DREAM Center a department of the University Student Union in 2020.

As the student leaders of a non-profit auxiliary of the CSUN campus, the Board of Directors is primarily responsible for developing policy for the USU. The overall purposes and responsibilities of the BOD are to maintain USU buildings and facilities, oversee financial matters, facilitate programs and adopt policies in the best interest of students, in keeping with the policies set forth by the Trustees of the California State University system and CSUN.

Start doing more now for your campus through involvement with the University Student Union Board of Directors.

Are you interested in joining the USU BOD? There are three ways to get involved:

  1. Run for a seat on the BOD in the Spring Elections. Each spring, students run in the AS/USU elections for five of the ten student seats.
  2. Apply for an open seat on the BOD if there are any vacancies. Contact the BOD Assistant to find out about any current vacancies.
  3. Join a USU Board of Directors standing committee to learn about the USU and BOD while developing skills for the future. The standing committees include: the audit committee, the facilities and commercial services committee, the finance committee, and the personnel committee. Students who serve on committees and demonstrate leadership potential are always encouraged to run for a seat on the BOD.

Students who serve on the BOD or a committee must have a minimum cumulative and semester 2.0 GPA, and must have completed at least one semester at California State University, Northridge.

Meet the Board

Jasmin Zesati

Jasmin Zesati, Chair



Daniel Lopez

Daniel Lopez, Vice Chair
Chair, Retirement Plan Committee




Angelina Armenta, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Personnel Committee



Mishell De Leon

Mishell De Leon, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Finance Committee



Ashley Godinez

Ashley Godinez, Student Representative
Co-Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee



Marilyn Orantes

Marilyn Guicela Orantes, Student Representative
Chair, Finance Committee



Sankalp Pala

Sankalp Pala, Student Representative
Chair, Facilities and Operations Committee



Nawshin Sabah

Nawshin Sabah, Student Representative
Chair, Diversity and Inclusion Committee




German Wong, Student Representative
Chair, Personnel Committee



Debra L. Hammond

Debra L. Hammond, Executive Secretary

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers




Joaquin Macias, Alumni Representative






Megan Bell, Staff Representative





Dr. Freddie Sánchez

Dr. Freddie Sánchez, University Representative

Pronouns: He/Him/His




Dr. Edith Winterhalter, University Representative

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers



Dr. Mirna Troncoso Sawyer

Dr. Mirna Troncoso Sawyer, Faculty Representative




Paige Hajiloo

Paige Hajiloo, Associated Students President*

*This position serves as a liaison to the Board of Directors and is not eligible to vote.


2023-24 BOD Strategic Goals

  1. The USU Board of Directors (BOD) will build camaraderie and establish meaningful connections as a team while gaining essential leadership and career readiness skills.
  2. The USU BOD Committee members will participate in leadership development activities to enhance their skills and encourage continued involvement within the University Student Union.
  3. The USU BOD will increase student awareness about the University Student Union.
  4. The USU BOD will allocate financial resources to support “basic needs” of CSUN students.

Meeting Schedule

  • July 17, 2023
  • Aug. 28, 2023
  • Sept. 11, 2023
  • Oct. 23, 2023
  • Nov. 13, 2023
  • Dec. 4, 2023
  • Jan. 22, 2024
  • Feb. 12, 2024
  • March 4, 2024
  • April 8, 2024
  • May 6, 2024
  • June 3, 2024
  • June 10, 2024

All meetings are held at 12:30 p.m. in the Grand Salon.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these meetings may be modified and/or offered virtually.


More Information

If you would like more information about the BOD or are interested in applying for an open position, please provide your information below and we’ll be in touch soon.

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