Executive Team

President: Benjamin Gerstein

Contact: csg.president@umich.edu

Ben Gerstein is a sophomore in the Ford School of Public Policy, alongside an LSA minor in the DAAS Department. Ben is passionate about making CSG more accessible to students, and enhancing the way through which CSG and University resources impact every student’s Michigan experience. His most salient priority as President is inclusivity; ensuring that marginalized voices at the University of Michigan are not only heard, but recognized for their truth. Further, Ben hopes to work on projects conducive to an enhanced student experience; such as, limiting barriers to academic success, making Michigan a more sustainable campus, and expanding the race and ethnicity requirement to create a more wholesome and valuable academic experience across all schools and colleges. Ben also understands that CSG does not hold all the answers for how to better the Michigan experience, and looks forward to proactively seeking student feedback and input on the work his Administration does. Outside of CSG, Ben has worked for 3 years as an overnight camp counselor, where he has worked to build creative programming that is both engaging and informative. His time at camp–leading an age group of around 50 campers and managing programming for 200–has helped develop both his leadership and problem-solving skills. He is an avid fan of sports; a die-hard Chicago Bears and Chicago Cubs fan. Ben is passionate about connecting with students on campus, so if you see him, be sure to stop him and say hello!

Vice President: Isabelle Blanchard

Contact: isablan@umich.edu

Isabelle Blanchard is a junior in LSA double majoring in Biomolecular Science and Computer Science. She is especially passionate about giving back to the Michigan community and connecting with students to provide equitable opportunities on campus. Isabelle hopes to increase awareness of the existing resources on campus through a comprehensive resource guide available to students in both physical and online forms, while also working on implementing new resources based on conversations with students. Isabelle believes the most important step to accomplishing the mission of CSG is to reach out to and meet with students to discuss their experience on campus, both issues and passions. She plans to reach out to various student orgs, offices on campus, as well as individuals in the coming year and hopes that you’ll introduce yourself if you see her on campus. Outside of student government, Isabelle is a member of Salto Dance Company, volunteers at the University of Michigan Hospital through the HOPE Ambassador program, and you can always find her at Sweeting on South U where she works.

Speaker of the Assembly: Whit Froehlich

Contact: wfroehli@umich.edu

Whit Froehlich is a fourth-year medical student with interests in policy, mental health, and systems-based problem-solving. He came home to Ann Arbor after obtaining a BA from Amherst College, where he double-majored in Mathematics and Economics, first to work in the University of Michigan Emergency Department for a year, and then to study medicine at Michigan. He’s excited about the opportunity to serve the Assembly this year as its Speaker, helping Representatives from each of the University’s schools and colleges to undertake projects and advocate for change on behalf of their constituents across campus. Whit values the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary collaboration at Michigan, and sees CSG as playing an integral role in fostering such efforts and ensuring that they are centered on the student body, for whom the institution exists, and who as always drive its intellectual and cultural life. Outside of medical school, he enjoys board games, playing the cello, and following tennis, basketball, and politics. He can be reached at wfroehli@umich.edu or UM pager #53453.

Treasurer: Taylor Lansey

Contact: tlansey@umich.edu

Taylor Lansey is a junior studying Computer Science with minors in Entrepreneurship and Business. Taylor has loved her experience as Vice Chair of CSG’s Student Organization Funding Committee the past two years and looks forward to increasing the efficiency with which our money is distributed. Ensuring accessibility to CSG funds both through SOFC and other CSG channels is one of Taylor’s main objectives. In her upcoming term, Taylor plans to join CSG’s efforts to increase financial transparency to the entire U of M campus by implementing easy-to-reach, comprehensive and updated channels to do so. When she’s not hanging out in the CSG offices, Taylor is either in dance class or working on the company she founded to ease women into strong communities upon arrival to campus. She also will always be toward the front of the wristband line for every Michigan basketball game, so if anyone has any tips to bide the time, let her know!