SoCA E-Board

On the SoCA Executive Board, graduate students from a variety of departments work together to foster community among Columbia’s graduate students of color. SoCA wouldn’t function without the hard work of its dedicated board members.

We hope to see you at an upcoming event and meet you officially!

Current Board Members 

Co-Chairs: James Martin & Elise Myers

General Secretary: Lily Yao

Treasurer: Francisco (Paco) Lara-García

Communications Director: Latoya Ramos

Programming Chair: Alexandra Matthieu

Social Chair: Dara Huggins

Fundraising/Alumni Chair: Julia Rubio

Community Outreach Chair: Andres Villegas


Columbia SoCA will be forever grateful to former members of the board who dedicated their time and effort to improve the experience of students of color at Columbia. Finding time and energy in the midst of pursuing a graduate degree is not an easy task. Here, we recognize these incredible individuals.

Former Board Members 


Elise McKenna Myers (2018-2020)

James Martin (2018-2019)

Francisco (Paco) Lara-García (2016-2018)

Viviana Rivera-Burgos  (2017-2018)

Sandra Portocarrero  (2015-2017)


Francisco (Paco) Lara-García (2018-2019)

Stephanie Grilo – Treasurer (2016-2018)

General Secretary

Lily Yao (2018-2019)

Julia Rubio (2017-2018)

Communications Director

Latoya Ramos (2019)

Anayvelyse Allen-Mossman (2018)

Elise McKenna Myers (2016-2018)

Tiffany Huang (2015-2016)

Programming Chair

Alexandra Mathieu (2018-2019)

Jacqueline Altamirano Marin (2016-2018)

Social Chair

Dara Huggins (2017-2019)

Juontel White (2016-2017)

Community Outreach Chair

Andres Villegas (2018-2019)

James Martin (2016-2018)

Fundraising Chair

Julia Rubio Fundraising Chair (2018-2019)