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The GPSA Office of External Affairs (EA) exists to advocate for, with, and on behalf of over 16,000 ASU graduate and professional students. This office oversees GPSA’s advocacy projects, organizes students around relevant issues, lobbies policy makers, and develops graduate student leaders. Each fall, the EA team drafts the GPSA Advocacy Agenda for GPSA Assembly approval, setting the policy priorities of the organization. This office also plays a key role in drafting internal GPSA bills to define stances on policy issues.
The Office of EA oversees the Graduate Student Advocacy Committee with the main purpose of drafting the Advocacy Agenda and other internal legislation and supporting that agenda through advocacy programming. This committee is open to any student. The team is led by the Vice President of External Affairs, the Director of Federal Government Affairs, Director of State and Local Government Affairs, and the Director of JEDI Initiatves .

Vinnie Amato

Vice President of External Affairs

Michael “Vinnie” Amato is a third year law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Prior to his appointment to the Vice President of External Affairs role for the 2021-2022 academic year, Vinnie served as a GPsa Assembly Member for the Law School from 2019-2020 and the GPSA Chief of Staff from 2020-2021. A graduate of West Virginia University who majored in Political Science, History and Linguistics, Vinnie has enjoyed his work over the last two years serving graduate students here at ASU! Vinnie came to Arizona from his home state of Massachusetts to join ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program, and thoroughly enjoyed his time in the program thus far. When Vinnie is not studying, he enjoys watching (and singing) musicals, hanging out with his family, especially his two younger sisters, and any Disney-related activity. Vinnie is excited to help amplify ASU graduate student voices in local, state and national discussions as your Vice President of External Affairs.

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