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Dear Delegates,

Hello, and welcome to the U.S. Presidential Cabinet! My name is Aren Rendell, and I’ll be your committee chair for HMCLA 2016.

To start, I’ll share a little bit about myself. I’m a rising sophomore from Omaha, Nebraska studying economics at Harvard. HMCLA will be my fifth HMC conference as a staffer, and my seventh HMC conference total (I was a delegate just like you in high school!). Outside of HMC, I’m involved in Harvard College Consulting Group, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics, and the Golf Club at Harvard. My political experience ranges from working on a congressional campaign during the 2014 midterm elections to interning for Congressman Brad Ashford in Washington, D.C., and I’m looking forward to sharing that experience with and learning from you.

Over the four days of the conference, the U.S. Presidential Cabinet will be debating and deciding on a number of critical issues currently facing the United States. From campaign finance to organ donation and more, you’ll have the chance to think critically about and make compromises on more issues than any other HMCLA committee. In the U.S. Presidential Cabinet, we’ll have a lot of flexibility to discuss the issues you find most interesting, and you’ll be exposed to a variety of viewpoints, solution ideas, and debate styles. Ultimately, as a committee, we’ll have the final say on whether the President of the United States vetoes bills that have passed through both chambers of Congress, so our job is extremely important.

I hope you are all excited for HMCLA! I know the two HMC conferences I attended in high school were both a ton of fun and extremely educative, so I hope you’ll find the same in the U.S. Presidential Cabinet! I hope you’ll come away from the conference as a better public speaker, debater, and critical thinker. To enable you to do that, it’s important that you read relevant briefings and conduct research, which will allow you to focus on engaging with your fellow delegates throughout the conference. As you prepare for the conference, feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have. I look forward to meeting you soon, and let’s make HMCLA an amazing, fun experience!


Aren Rendell