Mackensie  Graham

President

Hello, my name is Mackensie and I'm honored to serve as GPSG President this year. I'm a third-year law student at the University of Iowa College of Law. As a first-year law student, I was a GPSG delegate, and last year I held the role of GPSG Cabinet Director. At the College of Law, I am a Note and Comment Editor on Iowa Law Review and serve as the Iowa Student Bar Association (ISBA) Representative on the Iowa Law School Foundation. 

Originally from Cedar Falls, Iowa, I graduated with a bachelor's degree (public relations major & politics minor) from Drake University in 2012. In 2017, I earned my master's degree in public policy from the University of Northern Iowa. 

This year has proven uniquely challenging for students with multiple distress points including, but certainly not limited to: the public health crisis of COVID-19; immigration policies related to international students; systemic racism and threats to progress diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus and in our communities; and continued defunding and decreased support by the Iowa Legislature. Accordingly, a mantra that has been particularly salient this year is: “No matter what anyone says, just show up and do the work.” Ultimately, that’s what graduate and professional students can and should expect from me and GPSG as a whole—to show up and fight the good fight, have the difficult conversations, and seek to leave our corners of the campus better than we found them.

Outside of GPSG and school, I enjoy running, baking, tackling home DIY projects with my husband Zach, and playing with our two kittensMatcha and Mochi.