Meet Justin McKinley

Vice President of Finance candidate Justin Mckicnley.
Photo by Christopher Mateo

Q: Tell us about you, what year are you in? What is your major? What clubs and organizations are you apart of in and out of campus?

A:My name is Justin McKinley and I am a Senior Communications Major with a concentration in Public Relations. I am a captain on the CSUB Track and Field team, I am the Treasurer of the Public Relations Student Society of America(PRSSA), a Student Athlete Advisory Committee(SAAC) representative for the Men’s Track and Field team, Social Chair of the Black Student Union(BSU), and Vice President of the American Sign Language (ASL) Club. I also work at the Student Recreational Center(SRC) and in the Small Business Development Center(SBDC) as a junior consultant intern.

Q:What are your plans for CSUB if you are elected? What changes would you like to make?  How would you work to leave it better than how you found it? Where do you see CSUB headed for the next year in terms of student life?

A:My plans for CSUB are to enhance the campus life by increasing the funds that are allocated to the clubs and organizations. As I observe the current state of CSUB, the campus atmosphere is improving. However, I feel like there is always room for improvement. As VP of Finance I will take pride in helping the CSUB clubs and organizations with applying and receiving funds for travel and events. In the next year I can see CSUB becoming a school where the student life is a main bragging point when people speak about CSUB. This campus can be a great place for relationship building and networking.

Q:What made you take an interest in student government? Do you have any previous experience in student government? What concerns you about the CSUB student government?

A:The idea of being in a position that makes an impact on my campus is what drove me to pursue this position. My previous experience in student government is being a representative for the Track and Field team in the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). SAAC is similar to student government because the voices of student-athletes are being heard by Directors and Coordinators through the elected representatives.

Q:Why are you the best candidate for the job?

A:I am the best candidate for this position because of my experience and qualifications in finance through my treasury position in the Public Relations Student Society  of America (PRSSA) and Consulting internship at the CSUB Small Business Development Center (SBDC) where I developed budgeting strategies and management skills. I am also the best candidate because of the friendly and encouraging demeanor I carry around with me on a daily basis.

Q:Do you have any talents, or interesting hobbies you engage in outside of school?

A:I am on the Track and Field team and two of my best events are Long Jump and High Jump. I jump 23 feet and 6 inches in the Long Jump and 6 feet and 8 inches in the High Jump. Outside of track I love working out, trying new restaurants, and playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Q:Anything else you would like to add about yourself?

A: I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I often will put myself out in the open to try to understand a person whose voice is not heard and I bring that person in with open arms. I enjoy helping the people who get overlooked or forgotten about.  I am honored to be running for Vice President of Finance,  and I am ready to serve.