ISSA Executive Officers 2017-2018



Natalyn Pow, President

Natalyn Pow is a third year international student studying Political Science and Communications. If she could, she would be studying all the fields under social sciences with a bit of film studies thrown in. This summer she interned at San Diego Diplomacy Council, a non profit that connects SD community and business leaders with their counterparts across the world to share best practices in tackling global issues. During her second year, she engaged in a Research Apprenticeship where she worked with a doctoral candidate to explore the consequences of political information that is socially transmitted.  Growing up in Shanghai and finishing high school in Hong Kong, she is incredibly thankful for the people and cultures she’s met. Outside of school, she is involved with The Rock Church and Triton Television. If she had unlimited free time, Natalyn would be surfing, watching indie movies, and learning about people’s stories. She is excited to get to know you and alongside learn and grow with the ISSA community.


Sophie Osborn, Vice President

Sophie Osborn is a fourth-year International Studies-History major with a minor in Japanese Studies at Eleanor Roosevelt College. This past year she studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. While abroad, she had the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Malaysia on an academic tour focusing on local and international NGOs, as well as experience interning for a semester with the international think tank the Japan Forum on International Relations. Last year she was also a part of a student-run program called the Korea-America Student Conference (KASC), where she served as the American Vice Chair working alongside Korean and American university students to plan an academic and cultural exchange oriented conference. For her last year, Sophie is planning on completing an honors thesis while encouraging ISSA members to go abroad and expand their learning beyond UCSD.


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Caitlyn Khuu, Director of Administrative Affairs

Caitlyn Khuu is a second year International Studies-International Business major from the Bay Area. Besides being ISSA’s Director of Administrative Affairs, she also is involved with the Asian and Pacific Islander Student Association as the Political Action Awareness Coordinator which focuses on social justice and political issues surrounding the API community. This summer she went to Taiwan to study Mandarin. She looks forward to interacting with ISSA members and working towards creating a welcoming environment for them.


Tenzin Chomphel, Director of Public Relations

Tenzin Chomphel is a second year from Roosevelt College.  He is majoring in International Studies-Political Science, with a minor in Economics. Tenzin is passionate about global human rights and multicultural dialogue. This past summer, he traveled with the Global Seminar program to India, where he studied human rights and performed community service. In his free time, Tenzin loves creative outlets such as drawing and dancing. He is a part of Movement Exchange at UCSD, a community service/dance organization, and writes for the Prospect Journal. This year, he is excited to be expanding the reach of ISSA, and work towards establishing ISSA as a communal hub for International Studies students at UCSD.  

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Saloni Dalal, Mentorship Program Director

Saloni Dalal is a fourth-year TMC student majoring in International Studies-Political Science and minoring in Human Rights. During fall of her third year, Saloni studied abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea to gain a better understanding of the dynamic, and increasingly tense, political scene abroad. In the spring, Saloni participated in the UCDC program in Washington, D.C., where she interned with Freedom House, a human rights-based non-governmental organization. In her last academic year at UCSD, she will be a peer advisor for the AIP office and the director for the ISSA Undergraduate Mentorship Program while also completing her honors thesis. Saloni looks forward to meeting every ISSA member and hopes to help students make the best of their time at UCSD.


Esmeralda Naranjo, Director of Cultural Programs

Esmeralda Naranjo is a second year International Studies – International Business major with a minor in Accounting, studying at Eleanor Roosevelt College. She is currently a member of the AmeriCorps JusticeCorps program where she assists self-represented litigants dealing with civil, small claims, and family law issues. Esmeralda is a Triton Ambassador, a lifetime member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and a Language Conversation Leader at the UCSD Language Extension Program. She is also a member of the UCSD Club Swim Team and works as a licensed Sports Official for the La Jolla Youth Soccer League. During her second year at UCSD, Esmeralda hopes to continue her studies and become an asset to ISSA as Director of Cultural Programs.

Daniel Carnahan, Director of Special Events

 Daniel Carnahan is a third year Political Science-International Relations major with a minor in Economics. He currently serves as the Revelle Senator within Associated Students and is an active member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. Daniel previously completed a research assistantship, working with Professor Despasato to study the development of social capital in group and individual settings. And he is currently in preparation to begin a second research assistantship with an emphasis on studying the international political economy. Last summer, he worked as a research intern with Service Technologies, an artificial intelligence startup focused on developing automated customer service.This year, Daniel is excited to enhance the quality of ISSA events by bringing more engaging and thought-provoking events and programs to the ISSA community.