Lainey is a sophomore living in Harvard’s Adams House and hailing from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She intends to concentrate in Government with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Lainey cares deeply about teaching young people the importance of democracy and government, which is why she wanted to get involved with HMC. For fun, Lainey likes to spend time with friends and family and cheer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Penguins, and Steelers. Lainey is excited to chair at HMCE 2019!
Michele is a sophomore in Harvard’s Leverett House from northern Virginia and concentrates in Applied Math with a focus in Computer Science. She loves the great learning experience HMC provides to both delegates and staffers, and she is extremely excited to staff HMCE 2019! When not participating in HMC, Michele enjoys being involved in Harvard’s undergraduate consulting club, Women in Computer Science, and The Crimson, Harvard’s undergraduate-run newspaper. In her free time, she loves to read, jam out to Taylor Swift, and spend time with her friends, family, and dog.
Ben, a senior originally hailing from the beautiful state of Oregon, studies Economics and Government at Harvard. When not writing RapGenius comments on Kanye lyrics, you can usually find Ben hiking or playing intramural basketball poorly. He is excited to share his passion for all things political!
Alexandra is a sophomore living in Harvard’s Cabot House and studying Economics. She is interested in the public policy aspects of economics and hopes to one day become a lawyer. At Harvard, Alexandra is a leader in the Freshman Outdoors Program, a tutor for incarcerated young men, and the Director of Outreach and Scholarships for HMC Asia. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys hiking, biking, fishing, and being with friends. Alexandra has staffed HMC conferences in Asia and Boston and is beyond excited for HMCE 2019!
Ben is a junior at Harvard studying Social Studies. He is particularly interested in exploring the role the internet plays in determining social and political outcomes. He has lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts his whole life, and as such has extensive knowledge of good food spots near Harvard (ask him for recommendations if you are ever near Harvard!). When he is not working, Ben likes to hang out with his friends and work with the Policy Program at Harvard’s Institute of Politics.
William is a senior at Harvard studying Economics and Linguistics. He grew up in the town of Manhasset on Long Island, New York. In addition to HMC, William is a historical tour guide, and he is involved in some business organizations on campus. HMCE 2019 will be his eleventh HMC conference and second HMCE. William is excited to make the upcoming conference HMCE’s best year yet!
Delaney Hurley is a first-year student at Harvard College studying Government and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After studying in both Oman and Bulgaria, she has become incredibly passionate about engaging with various debate cultures and sparking conversations about how various issues work their way through the American political system. Outside of Model Congress, she spends most of her time competing on the debate circuit, learning foreign languages, and planning out her next big adventure abroad. She can’t wait to hear delegates share their stories this March!
Fiona Lewis, a junior at Harvard College from Piedmont, California, is pursuing a degree in History & Literature with a focus in environmental justice. Outside of HMC, she mentors kids and give tours, having a blast the whole time! Fiona really likes listening to mid-2000s pop punk and the soundtrack to the Broadway hit Pippin. She is pumped to see you all in Madrid!
Joon, a senior from Seoul, Korea, is pursuing a degree in Computer Science with a focus in Natural Language Processing. He is a veteran of the Republic of Korea 26th Mech. Infantry and UN Peacekeeping Operation in Lebanon. Outside the classroom, Joon spends most of his time as the executive director of Raise Uganda Now, a non-profit dedicated to taking care of 45 orphans in rural Uganda.
Kemi, a junior from Los Angeles, concentrates in History and Science with a focus in Technology, Information, and Society. She has staffed HMC conferences in Asia, San Francisco, and Boston and loves the Europe conference! In addition to HMC, she is on board of Women in Computer Science, writes for the Harvard Crimson, and works as a barista in a student-run cafe. She loves traveling, cooking, giving tours of Los Angeles, and referencing The Office. She is so excited to staff G24 this year!
Meena Venkataramanan is a sophomore at Harvard pursuing a joint degree in English and South Asian Studies with a minor in Government. She is passionate about the intersection of law, politics, and journalism. Outside of HMC, Meena is the founder of the Harvard South Asian Americans in Public Service (SAAPS) initiative, competes on the Harvard Mock Trial team, and reports on elections for The Harvard Crimson. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing about American political trends, First Amendment law, and English literature (her favorite literary movement is Transcendentalism).
Sophie is a senior studying mechanical engineering with a secondary focus in history of art and architecture. Outside of academics, she loves backpacking, listening to music, and fiery political discourse. She is very excited to be chairing the Historical Committee at HMCE 2019!
Rameen Rana is a junior living in Harvard’s Quincy House and concentrating in Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Psychology with a secondary in Economics. Outside of HMC, Rameen is the President of Harvard’s South Asian Association and is involved with Harvard Student Agencies and the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations. In her spare time, she can be found playing volleyball, talking a mile a minute, watching reruns of The Office, and gulping down frozen yogurt in record times. She can’t wait for HMCE 2019!
Elizabeth is a junior at Harvard studying Economics. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and has also lived in California and New Jersey. She has staffed HMC conferences in Boston and Madrid. Outside of HMC, she is involved in the US Navy Reserve Officers' Training Corps. She enjoys traveling, being with friends, and reading in her free time.
The son of a Marine, Nick spent most of his formative years in Japan, travelling across Asia and absorbing the diverse culture. While there, he developed a passion for politics. His interest only grew after attending HMC Asia for two years. As a senior at Harvard, he is concentrating in Molecular and Cellular Biology, but his love of government drew him back to HMC, where he enjoys indulging his political inclinations with those who share his interests.
Audrey is a junior at Harvard from Salinas, California. She is studying Neurobiology and plans to attend medical school. Outside of HMC, Audrey loves working as an EMT for Harvard’s emergency medical service, CrimsonEMS. She also loves to sing with her a cappella group, the Harvard LowKeys, and spend time at home with her family and dog Roxy. She is looking forward to staffing HMCE for the first time this year!
Matthew is a junior living Harvard’s Kirkland House and studying Applied Math. At Harvard, Matt is a cadet in Air Force ROTC, training to become an officer in the Air Force. Additionally, he is a leader for the Freshman Outdoor Program, which entails leading backpacking trips in the woods for six days. Matt is originally from Sacramento, California and, in his spare time, loves to go hiking and tell stories with friends.
Regina, a junior from Chevy Chase, Maryland, concentrates in Psychology with a secondary in English. She started HMC as a delegate and has since staffed conferences in Boston, Asia, and San Francisco; she is super excited to staff HMCE 2019! Outside of HMC, she is a member of the Small Claims Advising Service and tutors and mentors on campus. She loves Beyoncé and all food. She hopes to go to law school after graduating from Harvard!
Gene is a senior at Harvard and from Seoul, Korea. He is pursuing a degree in Social Studies with a focus on democracy in Korea. A veteran of the Republic of Korea Army Special Forces, Gene is involved with the Harvard Veterans Organization and spends his free time playing squash and soccer (real life and FIFA). He is an avid Premier League fan (Spurs all the way), and he is excited to meet everyone at HMCE 2019!
Will is a sophomore at Harvard studying Government. In addition to working with Harvard Model Congress, Will is also involved with Harvard’s Institute of Politics, where he writes polls of young Americans and encourages them to vote. In his free time, he loves to snowboard, hike, or bike in the mountains near his hometown in Utah.
Starr Rhee is a Sophomore at Harvard College from Nashville, Tennessee. She plans on studying Government with a secondary in Spanish. Starr enjoys reading, eating, watching Netflix, and talking about politics in the American South. Outside of Model Congress, she also works in the Harvard Admissions Office and coaches a high school debate team in Boston!
Rachel is a senior at Harvard studying Women and Gender with a focus in post-colonial philosophy. She is also pursuing a minor in Psychology. She is passionate about learning languages and has a citation in Spanish and is working on one in French. She adores HMC and has staffed conferences in Hong Kong (incidentally, her hometown), Dubai, Boston, Mexico City, and Madrid. Outside of HMC, Rachel loves to read for fun (a novel idea), bike, and eat good food. She cannot wait for HMCE 2019!
George Nageeb is a first-year student at Harvard College who plans on studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in the Comparative Study of Religion. He was born in Cairo, Egypt but was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is an avid Cleveland sports fan! He is passionate about a variety of issues like global health and religious freedom, and he loves to write his opinions and share his thoughts with others. He also loves playing soccer, basketball, and watching superhero movies!
Dustin, a senior from Fremont, California, studies Government with a secondary in Economics. He is excited to return for his fourth and final year at HMCE. Dustin has also staffed conferences in Boston, Seoul, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Sao Paulo. Dustin teaches civics at local public schools, leads tours for Harvard’s Admissions Office, and is the President of Harvard’s Institute of Politics. He enjoys watching TV, playing board games, trying delicious foods, and watching Oakland Athletics baseball.
Melody Wang is a first-year student from the suburbs of Atlanta, GA living in Pennypacker (objectively Harvard’s best first-year dorm). She’s planning on concentrating in Government with a secondary in Economics and possibly a language citation in Spanish or Mandarin Chinese. Outside of HMC, she’s involved in student government, instructing elementary school students on civic education in the Boston area, taking pictures for the student newspaper, and management consulting. In her free time, she enjoys figure skating, playing the piano, and watching Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. She’s incredibly excited for a phenomenal HMCE 2019!
Cate is a junior studying Applied Math with a focus in Computer Science and Economics. She spent most of her life in Boston, but now lives outside of Philadelphia. When she’s not staffing HMC, she is involved with Harvard’s Institute of Politics and first-year student advising program. In her free time, she loves going to spin and playing with her sister’s dog. This will be her 10th HMC conference, and she is so excited to meet everyone at HMCE 2019!
Caleb is a junior at Harvard College from just outside New York City studying Economics and Astrophysics. Besides HMC, Caleb is involved in The Crimson, Harvard’s student-run newspaper, and is a leader of the First-Year Outdoor Program. In his free time, he loves hiking and spending time with friends, and he is spending this semester studying abroad in Madrid. Though this will be Caleb's first time staffing HMCE, he has staffed conferences in Boston, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Dubai, and Singapore.
Daniel is a junior studying Neurobiology and Government. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, which he loves for its summer weather and In-N-Out (a burger chain). Daniel’s favorite color is blue. He loves long walks on the beach and his puppy named Rose. When he is not doing HMC, which he absolutely loves, he is probably napping, playing sports, or eating. On campus, Daniel is an EMT, performs improv, and takes pictures for the yearbook!
Melvin is a senior at Harvard studying Government and Computer Science. Outside of HMC, he has been involved in Harvard’s Institute of Politics, peer advising, and Expressions Dance Company. This will be Melvin’s 19th HMC conference, including his time as a delegate in HMC as a high school student, along with conferences in Asia, Boston, San Francisco, and Latin America. Although he is disappointed that this will be his last HMC conference, he is excited to get to work with an amazing group of delegates once again!
Nick, a junior living in Harvard’s Kirkland House, studies Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Nick has staffed HMCs in Boston, Hong Kong, and Madrid, and he currently serves as President for HMC San Francisco. Outside of HMC, Nick is a member of the Expressions Dance Company, a hip hop dance group run entirely by students. He also serves as a Team Leader for FYRE, a pre-orientation program for underrepresented students. Nick can often be found searching Harvard Square for good food, catching up with friends, or running along the river near Harvard’s campus.
Charlie is a junior at Harvard, and he hails from Hong Kong, Beijing, and San Diego, California. At Harvard, he is pursuing a concentration in Social Studies with a focus on urban development. Outside of the classroom, Charlie is an avid photographer, and you can often spot him with camera in hand. HMCE 2019 will be Charlie's fourth HMC conference!
Katie is a first-year student who hopes to study either Government or Economics. A lifelong Texan — from Plano, a suburb of Dallas — she is adjusting to the cold in Cambridge, MA! Outside of HMC, Katie can be found writing for The Crimson’s Sports Board, hoping that her beloved Dallas Cowboys make the Super Bowl, and exploring restaurants in Harvard Square, the area that surrounds Harvard’s main campus.
Narayan is a senior at Harvard from Shaker Heights, Ohio. He is pursuing a degree in Social Studies with a citation in Arabic. When he is not participating in HMC, he spends his time with the South Asian Association and the Harvard Admissions Office. In his free time, Narayan loves to watch films and travel the world as much as possible. Narayan has staffed five conferences and has served on the board of three, and he is excited to work with all of you at HMCE 2019!
Raquel, a senior from Danvers, Massachusetts living in Harvard’s Dunster House, concentrates in Government and East Asian Studies with a language citation in Mandarin Chinese. She joined HMCE in 2017 as a senior staffer in the Group of 20 committee and served as the Director of International Programs for HMCE 2018. When she is not participating in HMC, she advises Harvard first-years and tutors for Harvard employees seeking US citizenship. In her free time, Raquel loves to go to concerts and take her dog for walks.
Jonathan Ragheb, a first-year student at Harvard College from Los Angeles, California, is a pre-medicine student studying Neuroscience. Jonathan loves volleyball, food, and working out, and enjoys these activities when he is not participating in HMC. He is a huge Taylor Swift fan and is super-duper excited to meet you all at HMCE 2019!
Andrew, a junior at Harvard College from Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, is pursuing a degree in Bioengineering with a secondary in Computer Science. When he is not participating in HMC, he spends his time directing the Harvard Taiwan Leadership Conference and working with Harvard's Engineers Without Borders group. In his free time, Andrew loves to run and play chess. HMCE will be Andrew's fifth HMC conference. He is super excited to meet you all there!