Meet the 2020-2021 Executive Board!

Jaline McPherson
President

GSD Program: Master of Landscape Architecture 2021
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science in Architecture | University of Virginia 2015
Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Hobbies/Research Interests: Painting, writing, and crushing the patriarchy, along with landscapes of erasure
Fun/ Weird Fact: I wish I had my own comedy show
Damian Bolden
Vice-President


GSD Program: Master of Architecture II 2021
Undergraduate Degree: Architecture and Interior Architecture | Auburn University 2013
Hometown: Buffalo, NY
Hobbies/Research Interests: Competing, Designing, Basketball, Roller Skating, Biking / COLOR, Cities, Graphic Design
Fun/ Weird Fact: I find people falling or tripping absolutely hilarious
Caleb Negash
Treasurer


GSD Program: Master of Architecture I 2022
Undergraduate Degree: Architecture | Princeton University 2015
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Hobbies/Research Interests: I’m interested in examining the structural impacts of race on modern architecture, decolonizing representations of Blackness, and studying African diasporic building practices on their own terms. When I’m not counting duckets for AASU, I also spend my time here writing about Black designers and co-hosting a podcast for the African American Design Nexus, a library initiative that launched last year.
Fun/ Weird Fact: Outside of school and work, I’m also an illustrator, steadfast Megan Thee Stallion disciple, and DJ (hire me!)
Taelor Malcolm
Internal Relations Chair

GSD Program: Master of Urban Planning 2021
Undergraduate Degree: Economics and International Business | University of North Carolina Charlotte 2019
Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Hobbies/Research Interests: Reading, Scuba Diving, Tennis/Affordable Housing, International Development, Economic Development
Fun/Weird Fact: My high school graduating class had four people, including me.
Oluwatosin Alliyu
External Relations


GSD Program: Master in Design Engineering 2021
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. in Computer Science w/ Peace Justice and Human Rights | Haverford College 2018
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Research interests: Urban development, smart cities & digital government in West Africa
Hobbies: listening to music (everything between Afro-beats, neo-soul, r&b, etc.), cooking (&eating), baking cookies

Fun/ Weird Fact: I road tripped to all 10 (now 16) regions of Ghana in 2 weeks.
Tara Oluwafemi
Media Chair


GSD Program: Master of Architecture I | 2022
Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and French | Amherst College 2018
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Hobbies/Research Interests: I am very serious about my naps. I also watch a lot of cartoons and love candles and pillows.
Fun/ Weird Fact: I shaved off my eyebrows the day before fifth grade because I wanted a new look.
Cecley Hill
Social Chair

GSD Program: Master of Urban Planning 2021
Undergraduate Degree: Columbia University 2019
Hometown: Yonkers, NY
Hobbies: I’ve trained as a dancer and drummer for as long as I can remember, though I’ve recently expanded on my hobbies by taking up watercolors (big quarantine energy).
Research Interests: At the GSD, I’ve centered most of my research around urban design in low-income communities across the US and East Africa. I’m currently in the process of figuring out how to complete remote work for a joint research project focused on infrastructure conditions in Zanzibar, Tanzania with a fellow MUP!

Fun/ Weird Fact: I’ve flown a plane ✈️

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