Alexandra Flores-Quilty, President
Alexandra got her start in student organizing at the University of Oregon in 2010 fighting tuition hikes, against the privatization of her university and for student autonomy/shared governance. In 2012 she was a lead student in the Oregon Student Association (OSA) VoteORVote Campaign that registered 50,750 students statewide. She served for two years as a board member for the Oregon Students of Color Coalition (OSCC) that led the fight to pass Oregon’s Tuition Equity in 2013. In her fourth year of school she was elected as the Executive Chair of OSA. On the national level Alexandra spent two years on the USSA Board of Directors. During that time she worked on student debt, lowering student loan interest rates and developing statewide student associations. Alexandra also worked with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s office in an effort to pass the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act, and was featured with Senator Warren on a national town hall call put on by MoveOn.org. Alexandra was a 2013-2014 Young People For (YP4) fellow, the Programming Director for the 2013 National Student Power Convergence and an organizer for the Oregon Working Families Party. Now based in DC she likes to spend her free time painting, drinking coffee and Beyoncé.
Breana Ross, Vice President
Breana Ross is a recent graduate from the University of California Riverside with a BA in Political Science. She served as the Campus Organizing Director for the Associated Students of UC Riverside in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the United States Student Association and the University of California Student Association. Breana has organized around accessibility to higher education, police brutality, sexual assault and other civil rights issues.
Breana believes that the liberation of one community is dependent on the liberation of all, and that we must focus first on preserving our communities and build on that to create accessibility to higher education. Breana’s hobbies include organizing, traveling, working out and spending time with family and friends and dismantling systems of oppression.
Araba Adoboe, Director of Operations
Araba joined USSA as Director of Operations in 2015. Prior to joining USSA, Araba worked with the socially responsible start up Ethical Electric, taking on the fossil fuel industry and bringing clean energy to homes throughout the United States. In 2012, Araba worked as Field Organizer for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada where she successfully recruited, trained and managed hundreds of volunteers and built a large scale “Get Out the Vote” campaign. Araba developed her fierce commitment to justice and passion for building a just and sustainable world at a young age, leading her first direct action at the age of 13. As a youth leader and then an organizer with the Alliance to Develop Power and National People’s Action, she worked on an array of issues including the school to prison pipeline, immigration reform, addressing the foreclosure crisis, and preserving affordable housing. Araba also worked with Teens Leading the Way, a statewide youth-led coalition, on campaigns addressing the push out crisis facing youth. There she helped draft a bill requiring civic education as a mandatory high school course and worked alongside Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang Diaz as the lead spokesperson on a groundbreaking drop out prevention bill. Araba loves to eat, dance, laugh, and confront the structures that perpetuate inequity
Aja Campbell, West Coast National Field Associate
Aja works on the ground with students on membership campuses on the West Coast. She travels through California, Oregon, and Washington to work with students to develop their own local campaigns as well as continue work on the national level. Before becoming the West Coast Field Organizer, Aja served on the University of California Student Association board of directors for two years as the Campus Organizing Director of the University of California, Riverside. She served as the United States Student Association liaison for the UCSA board her second term. She graduated from UC Riverside with an Anthropology degree.
Beth Huang, Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) Coordinator
Beth builds grassroots, campus-based chapters of the Student Labor Action Project, a joint project of Jobs With Justice and the United States Student Association. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Beth organized at the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), primarily working on campaigns to improve language access for Medicaid patients and to win respect for emergency medical services professionals in California. Before working at AFSCME, Beth was a highly active student organizer on campus, orchestrating student mobilizations in support of public workers during the Wisconsin uprising in 2011. In addition, Beth served as the vice president and chair of the board of directors of United Council of UW Students, the statewide student association in Wisconsin, and helped lead a campaign that won an unprecedented two-year tuition freeze for 180,000 University of Wisconsin System students. At UW-Madison, Beth studied biochemistry and history.