2020-2021 Leadership Team

Jimit, President

Jimit is a second year student in the Social Organizational M.A. program. He has worked in leadership development, organizational and global non profits across India, Indonesia and Greece. His passion lies in building systems that enable people and organizations. The pursuit of this goal led him to the field of Social – Organizational Psychology wherein he aspires to build a strong foundation for his future mission of bolstering and shaping modern organizations that build a better world.

He is keenly interested in matters of politics around the world and advancements in the field of personal development. He loves Jazz music and all kinds of animals. Jimit's LinkedIn

Sakshi Gupta, Vice President

Sakshi is in her second year in the Social-Organizational Psychology M.A program, graduating in May 2021. Her work as a Learning Curator & Growth Manager at a learning and development startup led her to pursue this master to gain the theoretical knowledge behind the training she was facilitating. Her passion lies in discovering data-driven solutions to organizational issues that help leaders engage employees, to motivate and retain top talent.

Beyond schoolwork, she loves watching suspense shows on Netflix and re-reading Harry Potter for the gazillionth time! Sakshi's LinkedIn

Jacqueline Kenitz, Director of Communication

Jac is a full-time student in the Social-Organizational Psychology MA program at TC, graduating in May 2021. She grew up in northern New Jersey and has been living in Harlem since 2018. Jac completed her BS in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University and has a research background in clinical and cognitive psychology. She discovered her interest in organizational development and talent management after completing a recruiting internship in the FinTech space. Since joining OHDCC, Jac has worked on campus at TC Next and as a Talent Management Intern at Turner Construction. Looking forward, Jac is interested in external consulting opportunities in human capital and change management. Outside of school, Jac enjoys going to concerts, scoping out great new restaurants, and traveling (most recently to Portugal and New Orleans)! Jac's LinkedIn

Shivika Jagwani, Director of Professional Development

Shivika is a 2nd-year, full-time student in the Social-Organizational Psychology program at Teachers College. Shivika was born and raised in India. She obtained her BA Honors in Pure Psychology from Calcutta University, India and got her diploma in Law from National University of Juridical science, India. 

Shivika has worked with Teach for India as a Leadership fellow. She then worked in internal change management and organizational development as an analyst at a manufacturing company in India. Shivika is currently working as a global learning and development intern at Colgate Palmolive. She is deeply interested in making the world of work better putting scientific rigor at the heart of her work. 

She loves reading, doodling, and gardening. Shivika's LinkedIn

Gulnar Atayeva Director of Member Engagement

Gulnar grew up in Kazakhstan and studied in Poland before moving to the US. She studied MA in Educational Psychology at the European National University and Business Psychology at the University of Warsaw. She is dedicated to focusing on assisting the newcomers with the resources available for this program, exam and study tips as well as engaging the members with career-related advice and share the perks of being a Columbia student. Finally, as an international student, she understands that participating in various events such as online happy hours, book talks and retreats are the perfect way to meet new people and breathe the fresh air during the intense study period. and would be happy to continue the tradition of conducting this kind of informal events as well.This unique and unconventional year at Teachers College has prepared her with a great education, and she feels blessed to be able to give back. Gulnar's LinkedIn 

Rashmi Adsule, Director of Alumni Affairs

Graduated from PES University with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Rashmi has spent the past few years of her career working in the space of people & operations, across organizations of various sizes and industries, from the multinational beverage corporation to blockchain startups in Bangalore. Throughout the Organizational Psychology Program, Rashmi has been most passionate about Consulting, Leadership, and topics in the People Analytics space. In her free time, Rashmi can be found trying out different cuisines and reading about clean energy technology!

Rashmi's LinkedIn

Sarah Brazaitis, Ph.D. Faculty Advisor

Sarah has loved serving as OHDCC’s faculty advisor since 2006 as she has had a front row seat to OHDCC’s transformation from a nascent group sponsoring a handful of offerings to a high performing team designing and implementing dozens of training workshops, professional panels, social gatherings, mentoring and networking events and an annual human capital case competition. During this tumultuous time, the 2020-2021 OHDCC leadership team has been nothing short of inspiring. Their energy, positive attitude, and determination to nurture and strengthen the Social-Organizational Psychology program community is uplifting. Their efforts to help source professional opportunities despite unparalleled obstacles is heartening. Sarah is proud to be a part of such a talented group of leaders. In her spare time, you can find Sarah offering unwanted group dynamics wisdom to her favorite team – Buddy, Javier, Mateo and Grandma She She, usually while on the Little League baseball field.