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.


Our youth staff and recent alumni take on important roles at the organization, including running our fundraising, running workshops, recruiting new members, and organizing campaigns. Providence Student Union is youth-led, but adult organizers serve an important role in advising, training, and supporting young leaders.


Maxx Diensthuber
Data Gremlin

max [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Aleita Cook
Youth Organizer

aleita [at] pvdstudentunion.org

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Ahmed Sesay
Youth Organizer

ahmed [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Joselin Morente
Youth Organizer

joselin [at] pvdstudentunion.org

Ralphina Andres

Ralphina Andres
Organizing Fellow

ralphina [at] pvdstudentunion.org

Paul Tavarez
Organizing Director

paul [at] pvdstudentunion.org

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Ishani Mehta
Transparency Fellow

ishani [at] pvdstudentunion.org

Zack Mezera Executive Director

zack [at] pvdstudentunion.org

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Osiris Diensthuber

Fundraising Person

osiris [at] pvdstudentunion.org


Youth Delegates

Each PSU chapter can elect or appoint up to 2 student delegates to build membership at their school and lead school-specific campaigns.

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Mount Pleasant

g.villasenor.riudl [at] gmail.com

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.

  • Jeremy Benson

  • Sarah Hesson

  • Kurt Ostrow

  • Taino Palermo

  • Ellen Tuzzolo

  • Chas Walker