Our Team

Providence Student Union unites and develops an entire team of youth leaders, staff, and adult allies all in support of building student power.

Youth Delegates

Each PSU chapter can elect or appoint up to 2 student delegates to represent their school in the Citywide Leadership Team. This team makes major decisions for PSU, from choosing and running campaigns, to overseeing PSU’s budget, to managing partnerships, and more.



Our youth staff and recent alumni take on important roles at the organization, including running our donor fundraising, scheduling and facilitating PSU training and workshops, and building out our membership strategy. Providence Student Union is youth-led, but adult organizers serve an important role in advising, training, and supporting young leaders to make informed and effective decisions.


Aleita Cook
Office Organizer

aleita [at] pvdstudentunion.org

Paul Tavarez
Organizing Director

paul [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Tati Hall
Campaign Organizer

tati [at] pvdstudentunion.org

Zack Mezera Executive Director

zack [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Maxx Deinsthuber
Training Coordinator

max [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Arely Diaz
Youth Safety Organizer

arely [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Madison Kilgore
Basebuilding Organizer

madison [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Board of Directors

Providence Student Union’s Board of Directors is responsible for sustaining the organization long-term. The Board provides fundraising, financial, and legal support, and helps to supervise and advise the Executive Director. The Board does not make any decisions regarding programming or campaigns; these powers are reserved for the Delegates on the Citywide Leadership Team.

  • José Batista
  • Jeremy Benson
  • Sarah Hesson
  • Kurt Ostrow
  • Taino Palermo
  • Ellen Tuzzolo
  • Chas Walker