House Councils

Elections Resources:

Congratulations to our 2023-2024 Executive Board Winners



Vice President




Michael Pastorello

Aaron Bergfeld

Nate Leme

Todd Chiasson

Birch/Maple & Elm/Linden

Jacob Bleecker

Margraret O'Hearn Redinger

Mikayla Donovan

Larissa Portalski and Olivia Waterman


Evan Owens

Vinuji Senalya Siriwardena

Sreyas R

Himani Patel

Brown & Cashin & McNamara

Rachel Coimbra

Katelyn Belmore

Eli Postinikov

Jason Fisher

Cance & Pierpont/Moore

Liliana Millea

Rahul Rajendran

Luke Holleran and Jill Allie Hercule Espinal

Ryan Darbhanga


Stacy Amoako

Ashley Ngassa

Leensha Dessin

Maya Tilahun

Crabtree/Knowlton/Mary Lyon & Dwight/Hamlin/Leach

Lindsey Liman

Ava Marino

Nana Agyeman Duah

Graham Williams and Kundayi Mazando


Johnathan Ferdinand

Yash Manuja

Divyaansh Seth

Delaney Ryley Yates


Kai Zheng

Charlie Doody

Erinne Hau

Mari Cornwall-Brady






James/Emerson & Melville/Thoreau

Ananya Panyadahundi

Juan J. Valencia Gallego

Kylie Cosgrove

Damian Peralta


Shirley Tang

Shino Chen

Adianna Barrett

Shirley Chen


Sophie Nevin and Dionne Nguyen

Mathew Chin


Ethan Gattoni


Hanna Liauchonak





Ryan Bonia

Dania Rustom

Lexi Levine

Joshua Sautter

Patterson/Mackimmie & Prince/Crampton

JH Eaton

Benjamin Mansell

Olivia Vienneau

Ryo Nozawa


Laura Walsh

Jonathan Beeler

Aicey Hawkins

Laura Walsh


Dillen Orsino





Abbey MacDonald

Tanush s Deshpande

Alex Tran

Ishaan Dwivedi

If you are interested in joining any vacant positions please contact

Programming Board Application

Governing Documents:

Title V
RHA Constitution

What is House Council? 

House Councils are leadership groups on campus that elect student officers and boards to represent and serve as the voice of all students living in the various residence halls at UMass Amherst. They organize fun events, address community issues, and coordinate service projects. House Councils are part of the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and work closely with the RHA Executive Board and Area Governments to advocate and create a positive change for students. 

What is the difference between House Council Executive Board and Programming Board?
Executive boards are primarily responsible for governing and advocacy. House Councils at UMass Amherst are structured with four primary executive officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. Programming Boards are responsible for planning activities that meet the needs of residents and facilitate the building of a cluster community. Together, these subgroups are a House Council!

I definitely want to be involved! What happens if I don't win my election?
Many students will choose to fill out a nomination packet for an Executive Board position and also sign up for Programming Board. That way, if you don’t win your election, you can still be involved and contribute to your residential community!


How do I get involved in House Council or Programming Board?

To run for an executive board position (President, Vice President, Treasurer, or Secretary), fill out the Intent to Run form no later than Sunday, September 17, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. Election results will be announced on Saturday, September 30, 2023

If you would like to be involved with programming board, all you need to do is fill out an application by Saturday, September 30, 2023. Your RD and/or ARD will be in touch with you about your meeting times and locations.


Why should you join?

  • Acquire practical budget management skills.
  • Gain interpersonal and team skills. 
  • Meet and get to know people, meet and form new friends. 
  • Network with staff and faculty in the department.
  • Make a difference in the lives of students through programs.
  • Make suggestions that help improve the community. 
  • It's fun!

What do the Executive Board positions do?


  • Oversees the operations of your House Council
  • Develops meeting agendas and conducts/facilitates bi-weekly House Council meetings
  • Meets weekly with advisor and other House Council officers
  • Encourages interaction and discussion among group members
  • Acts as a spokesperson for your organization to other campus organizations
  • Follows up with committee chairs or other officers
  • Leads goal setting and group building among your team
  • Responsible for co-signing on monetary matters

Vice President

  • Shares many responsibilities negotiated with President
  • Attends weekly RHA meetings (Tuesdays at 6:00 p.m.) to serve as the voting representation for the cluster
  • Focuses on "in-building" leaders such as floor reps or committee chairs
  • Takes place of President in case of President's absence
  • Often serves as activity coordinator for House Council
  • Meets weekly with advisor and other House Council officers
  • Serves as spokesperson to community


  • Primarily responsible for communicating with the cluster community
  • Records meeting minutes and posts them
  • Provides minutes to RHA and advisor
  • Coordinates and edits newsletters
  • Markets and designs publicity or activity promotions
  • Maintains House Council bulletin board or posting area
  • Meets weekly with advisor and other House Council officers


  • Responsible for all money management of the House Council including proper depositing and record keeping
  • Monitors ethical money allocation
  • Works closely with the Student Leadership Center as primary money advisor and reviews budget with A/RD advisor
  • Submits semesterly budget report to advisor
  • Submits funding requests to RHA
  • Meets weekly with advisor and other House Council officers
  • Responsible for co-signing on monetary matters

I have more questions! Who do I contact?

  • Your House Council's advisor and members are your best resource! Check their updated contact information on Campus Pulse after the beginning of the year.
  • You can also contact your Residence Director.
  • Learn more in our quick informational video.
  • Want to learn more? Stop by our open RHA Meeting on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in Campus Center 168C or email Residence Hall Association at

 Question? Contact us.