The Board of YUSAR

Meet our team

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Gordon Xiang - President

Gordon is a student at Yale in Branford College and a Global Affairs major. Having grown up in Hong Kong and Shanghai, Gordon is interested in political and economic topics with regard to China. In the summer of 2016, he interned at the House of Lords in London and at a hedge fund in Hong Kong.


Jack Wesson - Vice President

Jack Wesson is a student at Yale in Trumbull majoring in Computer Science. In the summer of 2016, Jack studied abroad in Shanghai as part of the Light Fellowship program at Yale. In addition, Jack is part of a comedy group called "The Odd Ducks" at Yale.


Claire Thompson - Head of Events

Claire is a math major in Trumbull College. Claire has studied Mandarin for eight years and during the summer of 2016 she studied language and the history of Communism through the Light Fellowship in Harbin. Outside of YUSAR, Claire serves on Leadership for Community Health Educators, Smart Women’s Securities, and as a student finance manager for the Yale College Council.


Sarah Donilon - Head of Policy

Sarah is a student at Yale in Timothy Dwight majoring in History. Sarah speaks Mandarin, and in the past, she has spent four months living in Yunnan province. Outside of the classroom, Sarah is an associate editor for The Yale Politic, direct assistance coordinator for the Yale Refugee Project, and a member of the Yale College Democrats.


Nicholas Religa - Head of Content

Nicholas is a student in Branford College and a Ethics Politics & Economics major. Having spent some time in Beijing as a child, Nicholas speaks Mandarin and has an interest in international affairs. In the summer of 2016, he interned at a public policy think tank in Melbourne, Australia. Nicholas is also part of the Yale Model United Nations Team and currently serves as the head of their training and recruiting program.