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Alex Simon

Chief of Staff

Alex Simon is a member of the School of Foreign Service and will graduate in 2019. He is majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a focus on Security Studies and a Minor in Arabic. Alex is from just north of Boston and he attended St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA. He is looking forward to serving as Chief of Staff for his 3rd NAIMUN and as Director for the Cairo Conference committee at NCSC XLV this coming fall. Last year, Alex interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and worked as a shuttle driver on Martha’s Vineyard over the summer.

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Brendan Stelmach

Director General

Brendan is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service class of 2019. He is majoring in International Politics with a Foreign Policy focus, and is continuing his Jesuit education at Georgetown as a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, Illinois. At Georgetown, Brendan is an active member of the MUN travel team, and he served as USG for Regionals at NAIMUN LIV. In addition to Model UN, Brendan plays club water polo and participates in social activism on campus. Brendan is honored to serve as Director General for NAIMUN LV, and cannot wait to go on this adventure with all of NAIMUN’s fantastic delegates. Hoya Saxa!

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Justin McCartney

Executive Assistant and Director of Programming

Justin is a sophomore in the Georgetown School of Foreign Service concentrating in Culture and Politics, and is originally from Swedesboro, New Jersey. Justin first became involved in Model UN during his freshmen year of high school, and hasn’t been able to escape since. He has traveled with Georgetown’s MUN team and has staffed both of Georgetown’s conferences, NCSC and NAIMUN, as a general staffer and as a member of the Senior Staff for NCSC XLIV and NAMIUN LIV. Justin is incredibly proud and excited to be serving as your Director of Programming for NAIMUN LV (his seventh NAIMUN conference. Outside of Model UN, Justin, along with Aaron Bennett and your Secretary-General Christian Mesa, run a weekly political podcast, Fly on the Wall. Justin also is a proud (if not obnoxious) environmentalist and will be sure to tell you all about it if you ask. He can’t wait to welcome all 3,300 delegates to the Washington Hilton this February!

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Margaret Hodson

DIRECTOR OF REGISTRATION

Margaret Hodson is a member of the class of 2020 in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She plans to major in Regional and Comparative Studies with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa and a minor in Arabic. Margaret hails from the wonderful state of Ohio, where she competed in Model United Nations throughout all four years of high school. She currently competes on Georgetown’s Model UN Travel Team and serves as the Director of Registration for the 55th North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN LV). Aside from Model UN, Margaret is a research assistant at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs. She is also a member of the Carroll Fellows Initiative, Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and Dynami Greek Dance Troupe. In her free time, Margaret can be found making collages and visiting the monuments. Margaret is so excited to welcome all the delegates to D.C. for an amazing NAIMUN LV!

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Erin Luck

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF OF EVENTS

Erin Luck is a rising junior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service majoring in International Political Economy. She is originally from LaPorte, Indiana and a big fan of all things Midwest, including Parks and Rec, fried food, and saying hi to strangers on the street. At Georgetown, she has gotten involved with Model UN both as a delegate on the conference circuit and as a staffer for NCSC, Georgetown’s college conference. Outside of NAIMUN, Erin is involved in the arts through Georgetown’s Nomadic Theater Company and as an intern for the education department of Washington Performing Arts, a local non-profit. She is excited to serve as your Deputy Chief of Staff for Events and looking forward to creating an engaging experience for all delegates and staff! 

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HENRY GUNDERSON

DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF OF LOGISTICS

 

Henry Gunderson is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Centennial class of 2020, planning on studying Global Business with a focus on understanding international investments and corporate finance. Though he was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa, Henry has come to love D.C., even if it only takes an inch of snow for the city to completely shut down. At NAIMUN LV Henry will be serving as the Deputy Chief of Staff with a focus on logistics, and had previously served as the Head of Security for NAIMUN LIV. Henry also participates in the Georgetown University Grilling Society, the Ultimate Frisbee team, 1634 Society, and is a member of the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon. When he is not on campus Henry enjoys camping in Shenandoah National Park and exploring all that DC has to offer. He looks forward to meeting new and returning delegates at NAIMUN LV.

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Abbey Nichols

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS

Abbey Nichols is in Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, Class of 2020, interested in studying International Political Economy with a minor in French. Hailing from the snowy winter lands of Minnesota, she was shocked to see D.C. shut down after one measly inch of snowfall. Since entering into the world of Model UN at Georgetown, Abbey has served as a Rapporteur in DISEC at NAIMUN LIV, and is also the Director of Events at the 45th iteration of the National Collegiate Securities Conference (NCSC), Georgetown’s college Model UN conference. Outside of Model UN on the Hilltop, Abbey enjoys draining her bank account at the best ice cream shops, watching an alarming amount of The Office and Game of Thrones, and making mem(e)s with her friends. Abbey is thrilled to be your Director of Business at NAIMUN LV, where she will be managing all conference materials and ensuring the smooth financial and logistical functioning of the conference. She is excited to welcome all delegates for what is sure to be an amazing conference!

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PETER HAMILTON

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Peter Hamilton is a member of the class of 2020 in Georgetown’s College. He is majoring in Economics and Government while spending his extra classes learning graphic design. Peter has travelled around the United States but likes to call Seattle, Washington home. Serving as Director of Marketing of the 55th North American Model United Nations (NAIMUN), he is responsible for attracting staff members, schools, and sponsors to support the conference! Outside of Model UN Peter is involved with the Georgetown University College Republicans, the a capella group the Georgetown Phantoms, Philodemic Society, and Georgetown Bipartisan Coalition. Peter has no free time so anytime not spent in a club you can find him sleeping or designing logos for fun.

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KATHERINE WALLA

DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPY

Katherine Walla is a member in the class of 2019 in Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service. She is majoring in Culture and Politics with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. Katherine is a true Vermonter exploring the exciting opportunities D.C. has to offer. This is Katherine’s third North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN). She is honored to serve as the Director of Philanthropy of NAIMUN LV, working with incredible community partners to engage delegates and staff in social justice dialogue, reflection, and contribution. She began organizing philanthropy events and fundraisers during her sophomore year of high school and has maintained a commitment to service to the community and nation. Aside from NAIMUN, Katherine leads the service program of Alpha Phi Omega, Mu Alpha Chapter, a community service co-ed fraternity. She is also a SPIN® Instructor at the campus gym and a bartender in Maryland. In her free time, Katherine can be found cooking and participating in service projects in all districts of D.C. Katherine is excited to introduce delegates to a fantastic charity to bring committee social justice topics out of simulation and into the real world context.

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Kate Rose

DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING

Kate is a member of the Georgetown College of Arts and Science’s class of 2020.  She is majoring in Government and History, with a minor in English. Originally from New York, Kate can usually be found looking for the best bagels and pizza in Washington, D.C. Since joining Model U.N. at Georgetown, Kate has been apart of both the NCSC XLV and the NAIMUN LIV staffs, in addition to traveling with Georgetown’s team.   Outside of MUN, Kate works with the Opinion Section of Georgetown’s student newspaper, The Hoya, tutors local elementary school students through D.C. Reads, and volunteers with Georgetown’s Breast Cancer Outreach organization.  When not working, she enjoys exploring every museum D.C. has to offer, aggressively maintaining Snapchat streaks, and attempting to make chips out of every food that isn’t a potato.  Kate is excited serve as your Deputy Director of Programming and hopes to make this the best possible NAIMUN LV experience for every delegate!

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Nick McCarthy

DIRECTOR OF MEDIA AND TECHNOLOGY
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Claudia Alonso

Undersecretary-General of General Assemblies

Claudia Alonso is a member of the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies Class of 2019, majoring in Global Health. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Claudia participated in Model UN during her four years of high school competing in PR’s local circuit and traveling to the US for national conferences. Upon arriving at Georgetown, Claudia knew she wanted to continue her involvement in Model UN and International Relations. Last year she served as Deputy USG for the Economic and Social Councils and is currently as a Chair for the Senate of the Republic in NCSC LV, Georgetown’s collegiate Model UN conference. Outside of Model UN, Claudia is an Ambassador for the School of Nursing and Health Studies, works as a member of the Georgetown University Student Association’s policy teams, and contributes to the Beeck Center for Social Impact as a staffer. In her free time, she enjoys eating “bolitas de queso”, watching Modern Family and scuba diving. Claudia is thrilled to serve as your Undersecretary-General for the General Assemblies and hopes to give you all the best NAIMUN experience possible!

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BILVA CHANDRA

DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF GENERAL ASSEMBLIES

Bilva Chandra is a student of the Class of 2020 in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics. She competed on the MUN circuit for all four years of high school, was a member of NAIMUN LIV staff, and is currently the USG for Assemblies and Summits for Georgetown’s collegiate conference, NCSC XLV. Some of her passions include Indian classical dance and extremely spicy food. When she isn’t dancing to Jersey club music, putting chili powder in her Easy Mac, or excessively updating her Spotify playlists, she is an Associate Board member of the Lecture Fund, a coordinator on the Hoya Saxa Weekend Planning Committee and travels with the Georgetown Model UN team. She realized that international relations was her passion by competing at MUN conferences in high school and cannot wait for NAIMUN LV!

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CONNIE CHEN

UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCILS

Connie Chen is a member of the School of Nursing and Health Studies Class of 2020. She is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she participated in Model UN all throughout high school. This will be Connie’s fifth NAIMUN conference, the first three as a delegate in high school, last year at NAIMUN LIV as a Rapporteur on Legal, and this year at NAIMUN LV as your USG of ECOSOCs. She will also be serving as a Crisis Analyst on the United Nations Security Council committee at NCSC XLV, Georgetown’s collegiate conference. Aside from Model UN, Connie is a member of the Social Impact and Social Committees for the GU Eating Society as well as a member of the marketing team for Georgetown University Journal of Health Sciences. In her free time, you can find her running the monuments, binge watching Netflix, eating an obscene amount of Acai, or voicing her concerns about how no one in D.C. truly appreciates a good Philly Cheesesteak. Connie is thrilled to be serving as your Undersecretary-General of Economic and Social Councils and cannot wait to welcome you to NAIMUN LV this February!

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CHASE WAGERS

DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCILS

Chase Wagers is a proud member of Georgetown College’s Class of 2020, studying Government and History, and is from the great state of Kentucky. Since entering into the world of Model UN at Georgetown, Chase has served as a Director in the National Security Agency at NAIMUN LIV, as a Crisis Analyst at NCSC XLV, Georgetown’s collegiate MUN conference, and has traveled actively with Georgetown’s team. Outside of MUN, Chase is an permanent resident of the 2nd floor of Georgetown’s library, and lives for Indian food, good coffee, & Politico notifications. Chase enjoys the tight-knit community that Model UN fosters both at Georgetown among members and the broader community, and is excited to welcome you all to this community at ECOSOCs at NAIMUN LV!

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JOSÉ VILLALOBOS GONZALEZ

UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF REGIONALS

José Villalobos Gonzalez is a sophomore in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, hailing from Mexico City. He is majoring in Science Technology and International Affairs, with a minor in French and a concentration in Global Health and Biotechnology. He’s interested in a career in the diplomatic affairs, working either for the Mexican foreign service or the WHO. At georgetown, José writes art and music reviews for a campus newspaper, he works for a student-run consulting group focused on developing-world microfinance services, and he is part of a latin dancing team (that is likely to perform at NAIMUN, stay tuned). As Under-Secretary General for Regionals, he is incredibly excited to welcome all of you to the organ and looking forward to the best NAIMUN yet.

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JULIE ANTÃO

DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF REGIONALS

Julie Antão is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s class of 2020, where she hopes to major in International Politics with a focus in International Law. She is extremely excited to serve as dUSG of Regionals for NAIMUN LV. Julie was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, where she used to go to the British School. There, she was involved with Model UN since she was a freshman, having served as the Chair of the European Union for Brazil’s Model United Nations conference. As a freshman, Julie recently served as the Deputy Director of Media and Technology on the NAIMUN LIV secretariat  On the Hilltop, she will serve as a first-year RA for 2017-18, as well as the Chair of the Georgetown Program Board. She has also served as her floor’s Senator and as the GAAP representative of South America, is involved with the Brazilian Club, the GU Eating Society, the International Relations Club and is also a sister of the Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity. In addition to that, you can find Julie binge-watching and quoting TV shows, as well as chick-flicks on Netflix. She also enjoys trying to discover different restaurants around the D.C area and blogging about them. She can’t wait to be back to NAIMUN, and meet all of you in February for second favorite February tradition, as the first is her birthday!

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JAEBOK LEE

UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF COUNCILS, BOARDS, AND COURTS

Jaebok Lee is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2020 and intends to major in International Politics. Raised in Seoul and Los Angeles, Jaebok began Model UN as a high school sophomore and is excited to continue his passion for the incredible game in college. Outside of NAIMUN, Jaebok is also a crisis analyst for NCSC, an alumni coordinator for the International Relations Club, and an editorial assistant for the Journal of International Affairs. When not working, Jaebok can be found playing chamber music, looking for good coffee, or crying over lost Snapchat streaks. Jaebok is thrilled to serve as your USG of CBCs and cannot wait to see you at NAIMUN LV!

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CLAUDIA LEONOR

DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF COUNCILS, BOARDS, AND COURTS

Claudia Leonor is a member of the class of 2020 in Georgetown’s College. She is double-majoring in Arabic and Government with a concentration in International Relations, with a minor in Existentialist Woes. Claudia hails from the distant and enticing land of Virginia Beach, Virginia, but is proud to call Washington, D.C. her new home. As a sophomore in high school, she was peer-pressured by her upperclassmen friends to join Model United Nations and has since sold her soul to all things MUN. She has staffed the 44th installment of the National Collegiate Security Conference (NCSC) as a Crisis Analyst for the 1979 Inter-Services Intelligence Committee and will be a Rapporteur in the 1540 Committee. Additionally, she was a Rapporteur in the EU: Refugee Crisis committee at the 54th installment of the North American Invitational Model United Nations (NAIMUN). Apart from her work with NCSC and NAIMUN, Claudia has worked with the Department of State and the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area to design Model UN conferences for middle and high school students with the aim of inspiring and educating new generations of globally aware citizens. On campus, Claudia teaches ESL to elementary school students through the D.C. Schools Project and is part of the leadership team of the First-Year Orientation for Community Involvement (FOCI), a pre-orientation program at Georgetown that seeks to educate freshmen and transfer students about community service and social justice opportunities in the Hilltop and in the greater D.C. community. Claudia is excited to welcome delegates to D.C. for NAIMUN for what is sure to be the best weekend of their lives!

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SURAAG SRINIVAS

UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF CABINETS

Suraag Srinivas is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Class of 2020 and is originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, although he spent high school in the middle of nowhere in Indiana. He started doing Model UN during his junior year of high school, and has continued to travel with Georgetown’s team. In addition, he serves as the Under-Secretary General of Joint Crisis Committees at NCSC XLV, Georgetown’s collegiate Model UN conference, and staffed NAIMUN as a Director in the World Trade Organization last year. While not doing MUN things, Suraag can be found searching for the best study spots, the best smoothies, and exploring Georgetown and DC’s amazing brunch scene. Suraag is thrilled to be your Under-Secretary General for Cabinets this NAIMUN and can’t wait to meet you all this coming February!

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YASMEEN EL-HASAN

DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF CABINETS

Yasmeen El-Hasan is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Class of 2020 and is from Redondo Beach, California, in Los Angeles. While currently undeclared, she is considering a major in International Politics with a concentration on Security Studies and a minor in Arabic. She began Model UN in high school and has continued ever since, and will serve as the Deputy Undersecretary-General of Cabinets for NAIMUN LV. Besides Model UN, Yasmeen is also involved in the International Relations Club, Georgetown’s student newspaper The Hoya, the Arab Society, and a traditional Arabic dance troupe called Turathuna. In her free time, she enjoys eating desserts by the waterfront, reading on front lawn of campus, talking about life with anyone who will indulge, and exploring new places. Yasmeen cannot wait to welcome you all to the NAIMUN family!

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GEORGINA KENCHINGTON

UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS

Georgina is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies. Born and raised in New York, however, reigning from a long line of Brits and incredibly bitter about her lack of accent, Georgina can’t survive a day without coffee and will constantly remind you that British food is the best in the world. Having participated in Model UN throughout high school, Georgina enjoys traveling with Georgetown’s Model UN team and staffing both NAIMUN and NCSC, our college conference. Last year, Georgina served as the USG of the USNSA, so is beyond excited to be able to help run the new UKNSA, especially considering her British family and obsession with London. This being Georgina’s eight and final NAIMUN, she cannot wait to welcome you to the organ and to the Hilton in February!

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CHARLOTTE PHILLIPS

DEPUTY UNDERSECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM NATIONAL SECURITY APPARATUS

Charlotte Phillips is a member of the class of 2020 in Georgetown’s College. She plans to major in history and government, with a minor in Spanish. Charlotte was born and raised in New York City. She joined her high school’s Model United Nations Team in her first year and has been involved with Model UN ever since. In addition to Model UN, Charlotte is involved with D.C. Reads, Georgetown College Democrats, and is a Guide with Georgetown Outdoor Education. Off campus, Charlotte spends her time exploring D.C. and complaining about its inferior bagels. Charlotte welcomes all delegates to NAIMUN LV and the United Kingdom National Security Apparatus, and can’t wait for an incredible conference!