Current Officers

Pranav Srivastava

Position title: Senior Class President

Email: psrivastava8@wisc.edu

Hailing from Wausau, WI (Paris of the Midwest), Pranav is a passionate Wisconsinite focused on keeping the Mad in Madtown. At UW, Pranav majored in Finance and Economics where he focused on behavioral game theory and valuation. He also received a Certificate in Art History with a concentration in modern cultural arts. On campus, Pranav was a member of the Student Council and the Student Services Finance Committee. Over his first two years, Pranav used to dance competitively around the nation with the Wisconsin School of Bhangra. He was also a member of the Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity. Outside of UW, Pranav co-founded an Edtech startup called Abloh with the goal of transforming higher education through the lens of data and university connectivity. Pranav will begin his career in tech investment banking and he ultimately aspires to enter the field of impact investing focused on climate and biotech innovation. As the 2022 Senior Class President, Pranav was most proud of implementing the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director position, catalyzing the Pail & Shovel Climate Revolution, Toga III and soaking up Madison’s sweet sweet energy.

Barni Shiferaw

Position title: Senior Class Vice President

Email: bshiferaw@wisc.edu

From the town of Wausau, WI, Barni is pursuing a Biology major with a certificate in Health and the Humanities. On campus, has held several leadership roles including Chancellor’s Scholars Class Co-Chair, Bucky’s Classroom Senior Advisor, and Health Coaching Coordinator at Wingra Family Medical Center. Barni is passionate about mentoring young students, especially those who are underrepresented in higher education. Following graduation, he is planning to continue his education and attend medical school. In the meantime, he will be spending his senior year reviving the Pail & Shovel Party by bringing back the shenanigans and traditions that make UW-Madisoin the iconic university that it is.  If you see him on campus, you will probably recognize him by his iconic afro or devious personality.

Julia Elert

Position title: Senior Class Events Director

Email: jelert@wisc.edu

Born and raised in Libertyville, IL, Julia comes from a long line of Wisconsin badgers.

Studying alongside her brother and sister while at UW has been the highlight of her college experience. She will be graduating in the spring with a double major in Industrial Engineering and Data Science with a certificate in Computer Science. Julia first found her passion in event planning as the Advancement Assistant for the College of Engineering where she helped coordinate events for student professional development as well as corporate and alumni relations. She then took the position of External Relations Officer for the UW-Madison chapter of the Institute for Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). This role required her to manage corporate relationships with regional and national engineering firms to plan recruiting events and secure sponsorships. Julia has since found herself in an events director role for nearly all her internships and student organizations. This year as the SCO Events Director, Julia wants to create new opportunities to bring students together from all ends of campus. After graduation, Julia will pursue a career in consulting in Chicago where she will leverage her organization, enthusiasm, and drive in a new way. She will miss spending time at the terrace and being on campus in Madison, but is excited for the new experiences ahead of her.

Sami Imam

Position title: Senior Class Communications Director

Email: smimam@wisc.edu

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A product of the Chicago suburbs, Sami Imam was born and raised in Oak Brook, Illinois. Sami is a Computer Science major pursuing a Digital Media Production certificate. Growing up in a Pakistani Muslim household, Sami takes pride in his cultural identity. He is the Media & Outreach Chair of the Pakistani Students Association, the Events Coordinator of Mannmukti, an organization that promotes South Asian mental health, and the Graphic Design & Video Intern at the Multicultural Student Center. In addition, Sami is a brother in the Muslim fraternity on campus, Alpha Lambda Mu. In his free time, Sami enjoys watching pretentious films, playing basketball & spikeball, and creating art through videography & photography. As the Communications Director, Sami aims to promote an energetic and inclusive atmosphere for this year’s senior class through his videos and other media tactics. If you ever need a movie recommendation, Sami is the man to consult. His clients have great things to say about him.

Yahvi Mahendra

Position title: Senior Class Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Director

Email: ymahendra@wisc.edu

From growing up as a Chicago suburbanite, spending her summers in Milwaukee, and now living in Madison, Yahvi has had her fair share of the midwestern experience. In her time at UW Madison, Yahvi has studied Sociology and Health Promotion and Health Equity, and has received certificates in Global Health and Leadership. Outside of her academic experience at UW, Yahvi has joined and held leadership roles in a number of student organizations, including being President of Amnesty International and India Students’ Association, volunteering with BASES, and being a photographer for ALT Magazine. Over the past 3 years at UW Madison, her interdisciplinary curriculum and her extracurricular work have allowed her to focus on understanding disparities within various ethnic backgrounds and advocating for underserved populations’ access to equitable health, and being in the Senior Class Office as a DEI Officer is a valuable addition to this goal. In her time in this role, Yahvi hopes to create opportunities for an equitable community at UW Madison and ensure that students continue to enjoy their time at UW Madison as much as she has. After graduation, Yahvi will pursue a career in health policy and receive her Master’s in Public Health concentrated in Global Health Policy. While she won’t miss racing up Bascom or all-nighters in college, she will certainly miss photographing all the different seasons on Capitol Square and wasting Sundays at her favorite Madison coffee shops. Here’s to a great end to a very caffeinated four years!