OUR STAFF

House I: Dustin Chiang is a rising junior from Fremont, California studying Government. He has staffed conferences in Seoul, Boston, Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, and Sao Paulo. Dustin is the Communications Director for Harvard’s Institute of Politics, through which he also teaches civics at local public schools and writes questions for the Harvard Public Opinion Project. He is also a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen and a tour guide for the Admissions Office. Dustin enjoys studying frequent flyer programs, playing board games, trying delicious foods, and cheering on the Oakland Athletics.

 

House II: Shaun Gohel is a junior from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania concentrating in English with a secondary in Economics. Aside from HMC, he writes for the campus newspaper and humor magazine, and works on the business board for the school literature magazine. He's staffed conferences in Boston and Dubai, and is so excited to return to Sao Paulo for HMCLA 2017!

 
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Senate I: Ben Delsman is a sophomore originally hailing from the beautiful state of Oregon, now studying Economics here at Harvard. When not writing RapGenius comments on Kanye lyrics, you can usually find Ben hiking or playing intramural basketball poorly. He’s excited to share his passion for all things political!”

 

Senate I: Elena Ramos is a freshman at Harvard who enjoys studying history, Spanish, and sociology. HMCLA will be her third conference and she’s looking forward to getting to know the delegates and discussing some of today’s most pressing socioeconomic issues with the Senate! Having grown up in Seattle, she loves being in big cities, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and has come to appreciate the rainy climate. In her free time, she loves to do draw and paint, cook, travel, hit the dance floor, and spend time with her two miniature goats, Margot and Agnes.

 

Senate II: Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Aren Rendell is a rising junior studying Economics. In high school, Aren was an HMC delegate twice, and he has loved his time staffing HMC conferences. HMCLA 2017 will mark his 10th time staffing a conference. His political experience ranges from working in the finance department of a campaign during the 2016 elections to interning for former Congressman Brad Ashford in Washington, D.C.; he is thrilled to have the opportunity to share his experiences with delegates. He looks forward to hearing lively debates on some of today’s pressing governance issues.

 

United States Presidential Cabinet: Nida Ansari is a junior from Greenville, SC, concentrating in Economics. She loves HMC, having staffed each of the six conferences. Outside of HMC, she’s organizes events at the Harvard Institute of Politics and manages an on-campus café. In her free time, she likes to watch reruns of Modern Family and eat absurd amounts of Chipotle. Nida is beyond excited for HMCLA 2017!

 

Brazilian Presidential Cabinet: Raquel Leslie is a sophomore in Dunster House from Danvers, MA, concentrating in Government with a secondary in East Asian Studies and a citation in Mandarin. She is also a Peer Advising Fellow for freshmen, a tutor for Harvard employees seeking US citizenship, and a research assistant at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. Besides HMCLA, Raquel also staffs HMC Boston, Dubai, and Europe!

 

Supreme Court of the United States: Melvin Woo is a rising junior concentrating in government and pursuing a secondary in computer science. Ever since he was a delegate in HMC during his high school career, Melvin has always been passionate about Harvard Model Congress. Melvin has staffed HMC conferences in Seoul, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Boston, Madrid, and of course, Sao Paulo. HMCLA 2017 will be his 9th conference as staff, and his 12th conference overall! He is extremely excited to chair over Supreme Court, a new committee in HMCLA this year!

 

Supreme Court of the United States: Jenny Li is a rising junior studying Social Studies and Economics. A Washington, DC native, Jenny has been involved in HMC since her freshman year of high school. Outside of HMC, Jenny is a coxswain for the women’s varsity heavyweight crew team, a Peer Advising Fellow, and involved with the Harvard Association for US-China Relations. In her spare time, she loves to go on long runs, watch Scandal, and eat mangoes.

 

Organization of American States: Matthew Keating is a rising sophomore at Harvard College, studying Government and East Asian Studies. Originally from the Washington, D.C area, Matthew is an avid lover and participant in politics. In high school, he ran Maryland’s Youth and Government program - a model state legislature simulation very similar to HMC. He’s previously worked in the United States Senate and on several local, state, and national political campaigns focusing on youth outreach. He looks forward to discussing and hearing from delegates about the ways our generation can combat voter apathy and engage more young people in the political process.

 

UNECLAC: Sebastian Wagner-Carena is a junior in Kirkland house pursing a degree in Physics with a secondary in Computer Science. He was born in Meyrin Switzerland, comes from an Argentinian family, and grew up just outside of Chicago. In his free time he enjoys biking, watching a good soccer match, and perusing the internet for news that makes him angry. After he finishes his time at Harvard he hopes to pursue Graduate studies in either Computer Science or Physics. Sebastian loved competitive debate and mock congress in high school and hopes to make HMC 2016 just as enjoyable for his delegates. 

 

UNASUR: Hailing from the great city of Toronto in the even greater country of Canada, Lyndon Hanrahan is a rising junior is pursuing a joint concentration in VES (filmmaking) and English with a language citation in Arabic and aspires to be a screenwriter and director. Outside of Harvard Model Congress, Lyndon is on the board of the Harvard College Film Festival, works as a tour guide for the information center and as a peer tutor for Bureau of Study Council, and produces plays on campus. He is thrilled to be returning to Harvard Model Congress Latin America to facilitate and witness lively discussions surrounding crucial issues. 

 

UNSC: Narayan Narasimhan is a sophomore in Adams House from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He studies Social Studies and Linguistics, with a citation in Arabic. Outside of class, he is most involved with the Harvard South Asian Association, the Harvard Crimson, and activities within the Admissions Office. When he is not traveling or hanging out with his blockmates, you can most likely find him either at Chipotle eating to his heart’s content, or binge-watching House of Cards.

 

World Health Organization: Maddie Pagel is a freshman born in Maryland and raised a little bit of everywhere, the daughter of a Marine. Maddie was a delegate at HMC Asia multiple times and she's very excited to be staffing her fourth conference at HMC Latin America this year. She plans to be a government concentrator and eventually an elementary school teacher, so she's  passionate about all things government and education. She looks forward to meeting her delegates and hearing their stances on important political issues. 

 

Historical Committee: Cass Hastie, a rising senior at Harvard College from Woodstock, New York, is pursuing a degree in Government. She's staffed HMC conferences in Boston, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and Madrid and is so thrilled to be here in São Paolo. When she is not participating in HMC, she spends her time as a peer counselor and as a tour guide for the Harvard Admissions Office. For fun, Cass likes to go on runs and practice rapping Kanye West songs. She is so excited to meet you all and watch you grow as debaters and delegates at HMCLA.