The Executive Board


The Yale Debate Association is run by a board of five students who are elected by the team as a whole each year. This board is responsible for everything from selecting the year's class of novice debates and handling the team's finances to making travel arrangements and planning the team's tournaments. See also the boards of 20162015, 2014, 2013, and 2012.


Board 2019

President: Shruti Baxi. Shruti is a junior from Naperville, IL majoring in Cognitive Science with a focus in Behavioral Economics. She participated in JSA in high school, but had little competitive debate experience until she joined the YDA. Outside of debate, you can find Shruti giving tours through the Yale Admissions Office, streaming way too much TV from shady websites, and playing foosball in the Silliman basement. She can be reached at

Director of Membership: Charlie Barton. Charlie is a junior in Pauli Murray College majoring in Economics. He comes from Queens, New York and competed in extemporaneous speaking during high school. When he isn't debating, he enjoys reading, yoyoing, and thinking about elephants. He can be reached at

Director of Tournaments: Lorenzo Pinasco. Lorenzo is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College studying economics and philosophy. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, he represented his country as a high schooler in the World Schools Debating Championship. Outside of debate, Lorenzo spends time playing chess and losing against the Yale Debate Association's webmaster. He can be reached at

Director of Development: Ellie Singer. Ellie is a sophomore majoring in political science from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She debated in public forum and world schools debate with Team USA in high school. Prior to her time on board, she served as ATD for the Yale IV. Outside of her work on board, Ellie enjoys blowing her paychecks on Blue State, watching Desperate Housewives, and being a lonely voice for non-economics majors on the YDA. She can be reached at

Treasurer: Karina Franke. Karina is a sophomore in Timothy Dwight College majoring in Economics with Energy Studies. She is from Cortlandt Manor, NY, and competed in public forum debate during high school. Before serving as Treasurer, Karina was outreach director for the Yale Invitational. In her free time, she enjoys running and all things coffee. She can be reached at