Student Members


Student Member

Elizabeth Garabedian

Chair of External Affairs


Hello Gauchos! My name is Elizabeth Garabedian and I am the Chair of External Affairs (CEA) and a Senior representative for the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC). I am a fourth year History of Public Policy & Law and Philosophy double major.  As the Chair of External Affairs, I am in charge of running our weekly meetings and helping to maintain and facilitate communication between the committee and Student Affairs departments. Outside of SFAC I am part of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law fraternity, the Engaging Humanities program, and I also serve on UCSB's Coastal Fund. 

I am dedicated to advocating for student needs and making sure that your fees are spent wisely. Looking forward to a great year Gauchos!

Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions:

Shounok Ghosh

Chair of Internal Affairs


Hi Gauchos! My name is Shounok Ghosh and I am the Chair of Internal Affairs and the senior representative for the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC). I am a fourth-year L&S honors student double majoring in Economics & Accounting and Statistics & Data Science and am originally from Irvine, California. As a part of SFAC, I am very excited to be an undergraduate voice for campus-related issues as throughout my life I have always strived to make an impact on the community I am involved with. UCSB has grown to become a place I adore and I want to do my part in making an impact through SFAC and other school activities. Aside from SFAC, I am involved with UCSB’s premier South Asian Acapella Group Ravaani

Samuel Liu

Sophomore reps


Hi everybody!

My name is Samuel (he/him) and I’m a sophomore representative on the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC), as well as the Social Media Subcommittee Chair (follow our Instagram @ucsb.sfac). I’m from San Gabriel, CA and I am a sociology and communication double major. 

Previously, I worked on the disbursement of funding within the on-campus residence halls, and now I work as a Resident Assistant in the same building. I'm also involved with the Daily Nexus, our on-campus news publication. I believe that being approachable, friendly, and transparent leads to the most meaningful use of student funds. That means making sure that students know where their money is going or helping them understand what we do. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Instagram page with any questions!

Jiexi Qiao

Sophomore reps


Hi everyone! My name is Jiexi Qiao and I'm honored to serve as one of the 2nd year representatives for the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC). I'm a L&S honors student studying statistics and data science, originally from Portland, Oregon. Serving on this committee, I'm devoted to highlighting underrepresented communities and voices. I strive to make the UCSB student culture and campus as best as possible. Some areas I'm particularly passionate about include food security for students and basic needs accessibility. Outside of SFAC, I'm a student lead at the Food Bank, and a data analyst for the Strategic Operations Office in Associated Students. I'm excited to get the opportunity to serve the student body; please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns! 

Maya Plafkin

Transfer Rep


Hello Gauchos! My Name is Maya Plafkin, and I am the Transfer Student Representative for the Student Fee Advisory Committee. I am a fourth-year Economics student pursuing the Technology Management Program Certification. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be involved in the development of student services, especially those that impact transfer students and further support our transitional experience. Outside of SFAC, I serve as Co-President of TAMID, an investing and consulting club, in addition to being a member of Sigma Eta Pi, a business and entrepreneurship fraternity.

George Tsouloufas

Graduate reps


Hello! My name is George Tsouloufas. I am a PhD student in the Political Science department and I am one of the two Graduate Student representatives. I have the honor of serving in the committee since 2021 and SFAC is a very important part of my academic life. My goal for this academic year is to represent our UCSB Graduate Student body in SFAC and help the committee make the best possible decisions to accommodate the needs of all the UCSB students through its funds. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games and sports and I was part of the UCSB Rugby team. If you have any questions please feel free to email me at:

Rui Wang

Graduate reps


I'm Rui Wang, a PhD student specializing in political science at UCSB. As an international graduate student, I'm excited to be part of the Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) for the academic year 2023-24. My aim is to actively listen to and represent the diverse voices of UCSB students, both graduate and undergraduate. With my passion for delving into the complexities of political science, I'm dedicated to contributing valuable insights and advocating for the optimal allocation of student services fee revenue. Through my active participation in SFAC, I'm committed to ensuring that our student resources are used effectively and creating an inclusive and vibrant environment for all.

Staff & Faculty Members


Staff & Faculty Member

Mike Miller

Staff Reps


My name is Michael Miller, I currently serve as the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Services and have been on campus for about 20 years. My professional background is in access and affordability and I have a passion for developing programs that will allow students to thrive during their time here at UC Santa Barbara. I am the founder of our Promise Scholars program and have worked with many campus partners to establish sustainable basic needs programs that are vital to the success of our campus community. It is a true honor to be a part of SFAC, a group I have grown to respect greatly over the years. When not working, I have three amazingly beautiful and strong teenage daughters who keep me on the go. I also enjoy running and playing golf.   

Sven Rundman

Staff Reps


Hi y'all! My name is Sven Rundman and I serve as the Assistant Director of Prevention Education for Campus Advocacy, Resources & Education (CARE). My background and expertise focus on violence prevention education and issues related to masculinity. This is my second year on SFAC and it's an honor to be part of the process to continue improving the services and resources that can meet the needs of our diverse student body. 

Karel Casteels

Faculty Reps


I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Mathematics and College of Creative Studies. Besides teaching math, I enjoy solving math problems that involve applying combinatorics to algebra. This is my first year on SFAC and I look forward to helping develop new programs that improve the quality of student life.

Matt Rioux

Faculty Reps


My name is Matt Rioux and I am a faculty member in the Department of Earth Science. This is my first year as a faculty representative for SFAC and I look forward to learning more about SFAC and the projects supported by the student community. I started my current position at UCSB in 2018. I teach our department’s introductory Earth 2 course, as well as upper division courses on mineralogy, field methods, and igneous rocks. My research focuses on studying the formation of igneous rocks and plate tectonic processes. My pronouns are He/Him and I am an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Earth Science. For a fun fact, I use high precision U-Pb dating to study the timing and timescales of geologic processes.


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