The Office of the Assemblies staff is here to provide information, support, guidance, reimbursements, moral support, and (seasonally) hard candy.
The Office of the Assemblies provides administrative support and financial oversight to the Assemblies and their standing committees. We also work to engage constituencies across campus to increase participation in the shared governance process.
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Gina A. Giambattista
When not managing the daily and long-term operations of the Office of the Assemblies and attending the meetings of each assembly, Gina finds time for StandUp Paddleboarding, cheering on her son's football team, and studying the latest updates to Robert's Rules of Order.
Jana Maan Alzayer
All the way from Saudi Arabia, Jana is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in economics and minoring in Law and Society on a pre-law track. In high school, Jana was very involved in varsity sports and loves to spend her free time playing volleyball or soccer. Her interest in international relations and politics drives her motivation as a staff writer for the Cornell University Undergraduate Law and Society Review. Jana also has a love for traveling and documenting her travels through photography.
Auriole Corel Rodney Fassinou
Hailing from the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota, Corel is a senior Biological Sciences major concentrating in Neurobiology & Behavior in CALS aspiring to be a physician. He also hopes to minor in French and Philosophy. He has lived in 5 different states, but Ithaca sunsets make New York his favorite. When not in class, he can be found doing research in the Selvaraj Lab, at the Office of Assemblies, or hitting the books in Olin. As he starts his third year with the Office of the Assemblies, he brings the experience of having clerked for the University Assembly during the 2019-2020 term and for the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly during the 2020-2021 term.
Kassandra Li Jordan
Kassandra is a sophomore intending to major in Computer Science within CAS. She is interested in the intersection between technology and society. In her free time, she also likes to explore different mediums of art, mainly visual. This is her second year as a clerk for the Office of the Assemblies, having clerked for the University Assembly during the 2020-2021 term; however, she draws from experience on the Hill and is excited to learn from and join the Cornell community.
Ciara Margaret Shanahan
Ciara Shanahan is a junior in the School of ILR where she focuses her studies on understanding human behavior and resolving conflicts. Originating from Marlborough, Massachusetts, Ciara graduated from Marlborough High School in 2019. In her spare time, Ciara enjoys reading, painting, and exploring the natural beauty Ithaca offers. As she starts her second year working with the Office of Assemblies, Ciara clerked for the Student Assembly during the 2020-2021 term and continues to bring her persistence and positivity to her role as clerk for the Office of the Assemblies.
Jenny Jiaying Zhang
Jennifer is a sophomore majoring in Urban and Regional Studies in the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning, with a possible minor in Public Policy. Jennifer clerked for the Employee Assembly during the 2020-2021 term. Besides her role as clerk in the Office of the Assemblies, she’s a part of Cornell University Sustainable Design, Chinese Student Association, and the Organization of Urban and Regional Studies. While she currently lives in Virginia, her favorite place will always be Michigan and the incredible beaches she grew up playing in. Jennifer is also a Food Network devotee who adores the Pioneer Woman to unhealthy extents.