Student Philanthropy Ambassadors

Student Philanthropy Council

Student Ambassadors for the UAlbany Fund Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) are charged with promoting a culture of philanthropy at UAlbany by educating students, faculty, staff, and alumni on the importance of giving back. Under the leadership of students, in coordination with Student Affairs and University Advancement, the SPC organizes on-campus educational events and initiatives throughout the year, from promoting UAlbany Giving Challenges to leading the Class Gift program.  Activities and funds raised benefit the University at Albany, its student and programs.

Meet the 2023-2024 Ambassadors

Kavan in suit standing near main fountain.

Kavan Pujara
Class of 2024
Major: Business Economics
Other: Art of Public Speaking & Presentation, UAlbany Campus Ambassador

Sofia Ferradas
Vice President
Class of 2025
Major: Criminal Justice
Other: Human Development Club, Fuerza Latina, UA Weightlifting Club


Ishana Alam
Class of 2025
Major: Business Administration
Other: Orientation Leader, Resident Assistant, UAlbany Fund Student Supervisor

Bothwell Pasipachaona
Recruitment Chair
Class of 2026
Major: Biology
Other: UAlbany Fund Student Representative, UAlbany Recreation 


Ava Sparacino 
Class of 2025 
Major: Political Science 
Other: Resident Assistant, UAlbany Fund Supervisor, Presidential Honors Society 


Puja Adhikary
Class of 2025
Major: Human Biology


Skylar Brown
Class of 2026
Major: Informatics/Software Development Minor: Business
Other Involvement: Phi Sigma Rho


Shemari Blackwood
Class of 2026
Major: Human Biology/Pre-Med
Other Involvement: Res Life

Melanie Paredes 
Class of 2025 
Major: Psychology Minor: Social Welfare 
Other: Residential Life  

Desire Jimenez 
Class of 2024 
Major: CEHC & Spanish 
Other Involvement: Spanish Club 

Ravi Mukerji
Class of 2026 
Major: Mathematics 
Other Involvement: UAlbany Tennis Club  

UAlbany Advancement Staff Advisors: Genevieve Hudson and Lisa Gonzalez


Want to make a difference on campus? Join the Student Philanthropy Council! 

Why Join: 

  • Give back to your campus and community
  • Get involved in helping others through fundraising
  • Add leadership and service skills to your resume!

Time Commitment:  

  • Flexible! We work around your schedule and provide tasks, activities, and trainings in individual and group meetings.

For More Information

For more information or to join contact the UAlbany Fund
at 518-442-4232 or [email protected]