The Principal Officers of the organization consist of the President, Vice President, Chief of Staff, Treasurer and Secretary. The President and Vice President are elected by the student body in the Spring Elections, while the Chief of Staff, Treasurer and Secretary are nominated by the President and confirmed by the UA Council. Each Officer leads an Office, which assists them in performing their duties. There are typically five people in each Office. The authority of the Principal Officers, and their responsibilities, are derived from Article II, Section B of the UA Constitution.
President - Mahalaxmi Elango (ua-president [at] mit.edu)
Vice President - Charlotte Minsky (ua-vp [at] mit.edu)
Chief of Staff - Rishi Shah (ua-chief [at] mit.edu)
Treasurer - Andrew J Haeffner (ua-treasurer [at] mit.edu)
Secretary - TBD (ua-secretary [at] mit.edu)
Assistant Officer on Diversity - Danielle Geathers (ua-diversity [at] mit.edu)
Assistant Officer on Policy - Noah McDaniel (ua-policy [at] mit.edu)
Office of the President
The duties and responsibilities of the Office are detailed in Article II, Section B of the UA Constitution. The Office of the President is the entity that each elected President inherits upon their succession. It symbolizes the policies of former Presidents, and also the policies of the present office holder. Through the Office of the President, the President is the Chair of the UA Council, nominates Principal Officers, appoints and dismisses committee chairs and assistant officers, and executes the policies of the organization. The Office also chairs the Special Budgetary Committee, which prepares the UA Budget, and also chairs the UA Council-Exec Committee on Bylaws and Procedures. The Office is ultimately responsible for the functions, operations and decisions of the Executive.
The Principal Officers assist the President in executing their duties.
The President and Vice President are elected on a platform. It is through accomplishing this platform that the President and Vice President gain and maintain their legitimacy. Once elected, the platform becomes the 'democratic mandate' of the President, and it is their responsibility to achieve the priorities laid out in their platform. As always, any changes to currently existing policies, or any new policies, must be approved by the UA Council.