2019-2020 Executive Board
Youzhihang Deng, ’20 | Co-President
Born and raised in Chengdu, China, Youzhihang graduated from Columbia in 2017, where he studied Economics-Political Science. Growing up in a socially conservative household and culture, learning to embrace himself for who he is brought out both his political awakening in Red China and early interests in LGBTQ+ rights advocacy. At Harvard, Youzhihang is also involved in Harvard Defenders, VIS International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team, and the Asian Pacific American Law Association (APALSA). In his free time, Youzhihang enjoys learning languages, reading novels, playing board games, and karaoke.
Matt Shields, ’21 | Co-President
Originally from Los Angeles, Matt graduated from Columbia in 2010, where he majored in philosophy. Prior to Harvard, he founded Zeit Films, where he produced visual media that explores the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality. He left entertainment in 2018 to work as an SEO Law Fellow at WilmerHale. At Harvard, he is involved in the the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the Harvard Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, and the Prison Legal Assistance Project.
Leigh Thomas, ’21 | Political Co-Chair
Leigh grew up in Irvington, NY, and graduated from Brown in 2015 with a degree in Public Health and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Before law school she worked for three years in a civil legal services office in Brooklyn. At HLS, she is involved with the Prison Legal Assistance Project and the Journal of Law and Gender. Leigh enjoys cooking ambitious recipes, lifting small to medium-sized weights, and watching Drag Race.
Mia Gettenberg, ’21 | Campus Advocacy Co-Chair
Mia is from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in philosophy and criminology. She came to HLS interested in learning about educational policy, civil rights law, and LGBTQ+ advocacy. Last year in Lambda, she served as a 1L Representative, and she’s super excited to become more involved. In her free time, she loves playing guitar and trying new restaurants. Tell her your best local food and coffee recommendations or share your favorite Spotify playlist.
Sally Kagay, ’20 | Campus Advocacy Co-Chair
Sally grew up in a small town in Kansas. She studied Global and International Studies and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Kansas. Prior to law school, Sally worked as a history teacher for several years. She also spent a year in AmeriCorps serving as a Nutritional Educational Specialist traveling all over KS teaching classes to kids and senior citizens. In law school, Sally is also involved with HLS First Class and the Journal of Law and Gender. She enjoys cooking and playing cards.
Sandy De La Tejera, ’20 | Community Service Co-Chair
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Sandy was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, along the Southern border with Mexico. They stayed in Texas through undergraduate, where they studied Philosophy at UT. They came straight through to HLS with the intent of practicing in public interest and litigation. At HLS, they are on the boards of Lambda and the Reparatory Justice Initiative, both mirroring a larger commitment to social justice. Full-time dog mom, part-time dog walker. Sandy is excited to foster a welcoming space– talk to them about any of your socializing needs (or if you just need to pet a puppy!)
Laura Older, ’20 | Professional Co-Chair
Laura leapt into law school with an eye for civil rights litigation after two years consulting digital marketing for non-profit arts organizations at Capacity Interactive. She worked at the ACLU of Florida her 1L summer and Planned Parenthood during January, and will be working at Cozen O’Connor in Philadelphia next summer. She proudly earned her degree in theatre and communications from The Florida State University (go Noles!) Born and raised in Orlando, Laura loves obsessively listening to musicals and petting her cats Kate McKitten and Rachel Meow-dow. At HLS, she is also the Executive Technical Editor and Webmaster for the Journal of Law and Gender.
Eve Howe, ’20 | Social Co-Chair
Eve is a first-generation college student from Montpelier, Virginia, who graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012, where she studied Mechanical Engineering and Physics. After graduation, she served in the United States Navy for five years, followed by a year as the Event Manager at Casa Ruby, a non-profit in Washington, DC focused on providing housing and other social services for LGBTQ youth. At HLS, Eve has been highly involved in Lambda as a 1L Representative, and has volunteered for the Y2Y Youth Shelter and the Recording Artists Project. Eve loves video games, running, and is passionate about improving LGBTQ representation in the media.
Marcelo Bonassa, ’20 | Social Co-Chair
Jacob Denz, ’20 | Inter-School Liasion
Prior to law school, Jacob completed a doctorate in German studies at New York University, where he became involved with the union of graduate teaching and research assistants. He is interested in labor law and textual interpretation in the law and in literature. Jacob enjoys seasonal cooking and baking and classical music and opera. He is a proud Hoosier (the demonym of the great state of Indiana!) and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America. Jacob is excited to bring his interest in building community across schools and divisions of the university to his role on the Lambda board
2019-2020 Representative Council