Student Team

The GW Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship's Student Assistants work to facilitate an exceptional student experience for all GW innovators university-wide. Each year a new cohort is selected to assist with a wide variety of entrepreneurship and innovative-focused programs. The Student Assistant Program is comprised of a group of undergraduate students and graduate students from all 10 schools here at GW. Our students come from various backgrounds and are all knowledgeable about the entrepreneurial ecosystem here at GW. They act as ambassadors of the office and can serve as a resource for all students, faculty, and staff on campus.

If you see them around campus — say hi!


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David Rangel

Sophomore | Class of 2025
Columbian College of Arts & Sciences | Major: Political Science & Criminal Justice, Minor: LGBT & Sexuality Studies

Office Hours:

  • Wednesday: 9:30am-12pm
  • Friday: 1pm-3pm

David is a sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences studying Political Science & Criminal Justice with a minor in LGBT & Sexuality Studies. David is from beautiful Los Angeles, California. He is passionate about LGBTQ+ Rights and has ambitions to work as an LGBTQ+ Rights Attorney coordinating and working on impact litigation to help LGBTQ+ individuals. While serving as a Student Project Assistant, David will assist the OI&E with the management of the Innovation Exchange platform, serving as an OIE ambassador, and workshop development. In addition, he hopes to help connect bright minds with one another in order to create a more innovative and cooperative GW.

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Simone Vaillancourt

Senior | Class of 2023
School of Business | Major: Business Administration, Concentration: Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Office Hours: 

  • Wednesdays 11:00am-2:00pm

Simone is a Senior in the GW School of Business studying Business Administration with a concentration in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. As a semifinalist in the 2020 GW New Venture Competition, Simone gained valuable feedback and skills that she plans to carry into her newest venture, as well as her role at the OIE. Her passion for marketing strategy, graphic design, and branding has led her to begin her next venture in Studio Terrae, a modern marketing and design studio catering to timeless and ambitious brands. While serving as the Student Communications Assistant, Simone will help manage and execute the Student Entrepreneurship marketing and communications strategy, assist in asset creation, and grow the office's social channels.

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Sabrina Clebnik

Founder | NVC Winner 2022
Senior | Class of 2023  
School of Business | Major: Business,
Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Public Policy

Office Hours:

  • Wednesday: 10 am- 2:00pm

Sabrina is a senior in GWSB majoring in Business with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy and will soon begin her Masters's in HR Management at GW School of Business. She is the Student Events Assistant in GW’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship supporting the Student Entrepreneurship team in bringing educational and experiential opportunities to the GW community. Sabrina assists in the execution of the New Venture Competition (NVC), GW Innovation Exchange, and the Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I+E) Lab. Prior to joining the OIE, Sabrina was a 2022 New Venture Competition winner. Her NVC success has given her the resources to launch her venture, Clebby's.

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Elizaveta Volkova

Sophomore | Class of 2025
School of Business | Major: International Business
Concentration: TBA

Liza is currently a sophomore at the GW School of Business and already owns and operates her own business. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden, and has previously lived in Moscow, Russia. She graduated high school at the age of 16 and found a passion for entrepreneurship. Before becoming a student at GW, Liza organized conferences in Moscow to promote her education startup, Campus Education.