Meet the New ASI Executives
By Brian Hiro
Last month, there was a changing of the guard atop Associated Students, Inc., at Cal State San Marcos.
Of course, the fact that the transition happened virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic is merely the most obvious sign that this won’t be a normal year for the new leadership team of ASI.
The quartet understands that many twists and turns await them in 2020-21, but before the work begins in earnest, here’s a chance to get to know the new ASI executives as students and people.
Michael Garrett, president and CEO
Graduating year: 2021
Major: Sociology and criminology and justice studies
Career ambition: Business owner, real estate broker
I joined ASI because...: Every student has a voice, and as ASI president, I want to use my role and resources to make sure each student has the opportunity to tell their truth. One of my goals as ASI president is to be there for the student body. I will work day and night to make sure students are being heard and advocated for.
By the end of the 2020-21 academic year, I hope to have accomplished…: Further expansion of ASI resources and the passing of resolutions to create new ones. I also hope to graduate and gain admission to my master’s program.
When I’m not working with ASI or studying, I like to…: Play basketball, go to the beach, hang out with friends, and watch Netflix.
The leader I most admire is…: Kobe Bryant, because of his determination, competitiveness and addiction to be the best he could be.
Tim Pelayo, executive vice president
Graduating year: 2022
Major: Business administration, finance
Career ambition: Mortgage banking and property development
I joined ASI because…: This past year, working for ASI as a college representative, I noticed the impact my team had on raising awareness about the many resources ASI has to offer to students. I would like to reach out to more students this year, whether virtually or in person to make sure every student is aware of what ASI has to offer. I would also like to build upon the student-driven initiatives presented in past years.
By the end of the 2020-21 academic year, I hope to have accomplished…: Effective communication in conversations with students and to have long-term goals set in place for ASI as an organization that will establish a direct path for future success.
When I'm not working with ASI or studying, I like to…: Go outside and explore my community, walk and hike. Hang out with friends and watch movies or listen to podcasts.
The leader I most admire is…: Elon Musk, because he is a visionary person who challenges everything and maintains perseverance through all of his ambitious projects.
Andrew Gamboa, vice president of student and university affairs
Graduating year: 2023
Major: Political science
Career ambition: Higher education, specifically student affairs
I joined ASI because…: I got to work closely in ASI the previous year, and meeting the family just made me fall in love with the team and their work. The work they do is something far beyond themselves, and I think getting the chance to represent my fellow peers is what truly pushed me to do this – the drive to make change on behalf of voices who may not be heard or represented.
By the end of the 2020-21 academic year, I hope to have accomplished…: Leaving an impact on campus and doing so in a way that will outlive my time at CSUSM. I want to be the students’ voice and do it in the most transparent way possible. I want CSUSM to feel like a second home; to support our students emotionally, physically, socially and financially; to get them the best education possible.
When I’m not working with ASI or studying, I like to…: Be anywhere outside the house – hiking, going to the beach, sightseeing, having adventures!
The leader I most admire is…: My Sigma Chi big Matt. I’ve only known Matt for a short few months, but in that time, I’ve watched him do some amazing things for not only the campus and community, but also his friends. He’s already taught me many life lessons and helped me better myself in some of my own areas in life and in my leadership. He’s been one of my biggest role models in my time at CSUSM, and I’m so happy to call him my big. I can’t wait to see the great things he does in the rest of his time at the university and in his life.
Dylan Crivello, chair and chief of staff
Graduating year: 2022
Major: Political science
Career ambition: Work with education policy and hopefully hold an elected office.
I joined ASI because…: I wanted to serve my school and campus community while simultaneously training my leadership skills.
By the end of the 2020-21 academic year, I hope to have accomplished…: More communication between ASI and students as well as focusing on students’ connection to campus whether virtual or in person.
When I’m not working with ASI or studying, I like to…: Drive, especially with friends, food and music!
The leader I most admire is…: Barack Obama, because he is one of the most profound speakers of our time and his powerful speeches have not just inspired me, but millions of people across the world.
Brian Hiro, Communications Specialist
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