Student Executives 2022

Paige Lawrie is a first year student in Columbia College who intends to major in Urban Studies. She began with Community Impact's GED Program in the fall as a Program Specialist, and is excited to continue her work with the program and the upper Manhattan community throughout her time at Columbia. Outside of Community Impact, she is a part of several queer student groups, including serving on the board of the Columbia Queer Alliance.

Denise Taveras is a first-year at Columbia College hoping to major in psychology. She’s excited to step in as Resource Development Co-chair and continue the great work of Community Impact. Apart from being on the executive board, she is a part of America Reads and Counts and the Columbia Mentoring Initiative. 

Daniel Barth is a sophomore in GS in the joint program with the Jewish Theological Seminary, majoring in American history and Talmud. He is a member of Peace by PEACE as well as a member of the board of Community Impact. He has enjoyed the experience of volunteering for Peace by PEACE, which has enabled him to become an active member of the greater New York City community. Being on the board will allow him to have a larger impact on the Community Impact programs and volunteer groups while continuing to work directly in Peace by PEACE. More importantly, Community Impact has given him the opportunity to help his neighbors in Harlem and the greater Upper West Side area. He plans to pursue a career in public health following graduation from Columbia in May of 2024. 

Eric Mao is currently a sophomore at Columbia College (‘24) majoring in Biology. He enjoys listening to other people’s stories and experiences, and has found plenty of opportunities to do so in Community Impact through Asian Youth Program. Outside of class, you might find him at CUMC conducting research, doing the daily NYT crossword, and reminiscing about the great weather and food from his native Houston. He is also involved in Columbia University Science Olympiad and the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee.

Nikka Afshar is a junior in the Dual BA Program between Columbia University and Sciences Po, where she majored in Political Humanities. At Columbia, she is currently majoring in Philosophy. Nikka was inspired to join Community Impact because of her previous work with foster youth in the Los Angeles County area. In her free time, Nikka likes roller skating and exploring the city.