Elected by the Senate, the Speaker leads the Legislative Branch. Per the USG Code, the Speaker serves as the Presiding Officer, spokesperson, chief administrator, and highest ranking officer of the Senate body. As such, the Speaker certifies and signs all bills into law along with the Student Body President, certifies and signs all resolutions/acts on behalf of the Senate, and nominates students to various Boards across campus. Furthermore, the Speaker is an ex-officio member of all senatorial committees: Finance, Rules & Judiciary, Oversight & Advocacy, and Ethics. Additionally, the Speaker serves on the Joint Governance Council and on the Carolina Union Board of Directors. Alayna Powell is the Speaker of the 103rd Senate. Currently serving her third term in the Senate, Speaker Powell also represents Carolina’s 3rd District.
Alayna Powell is from Asheville, North Carolina majoring in Public Policy and Economics, and minoring in History. Before attending Carolina, Alayna attended Enka High School. Alayna previously served as the O&A Chair for the 102nd Senate before serving as Speaker for the 103rd Senate.
Maya, Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate
Elected by Senate, the Speaker Pro Tempore is the second highest officer of the Senate body. Per the USG Code, the Speaker Pro Tempore is responsible for chairing and maintaining the Senate if the Speaker of the Senate is absent, unwilling, or barred from serving in the capacity. The Speaker Pro Tempore will also handle many administrative duties while in office, such as overseeing the compilation of the Legislative Log. The Speaker Pro Tempore shall orient new members of the Senate, and should deliver information to the Speaker of the Senate on a weekly basis. Maya Logan is the Speaker Pro Tempore of the 103rd Senate. Currently serving her second term in the Senate, Speaker Pro Tempore Logan also represents Carolina’s 1st District.