New York City Officials vs. Five Points Gangs: New York City Officials

Matthew Lee

Dear Delegates,

My name is Matthew Lee and I am honored to serve as your Head Chair for this year’s conference! I am a sophomore at UC Berkeley studying Molecular and Cell Biology with a specialization in Medical Biology & Physiology. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in health. I am proud to serve as the Secretary of UCBMUN and love how Model UN has an intrinsic ability to bring together great minds from across the globe together to debate, interact, and grow. Apart from chairing and traveling with UCBMUN, I am a music producer for our school newspaper, The Daily Californian, and an avid bluegrass musician and performer on the fiddle, mandolin, and guitar. When I am able to find some free time in my schedule, you can find me watching close-up videos of wisdom teeth extractions, busking on the streets of Marin, or exploring new running trails around Berkeley. I had the privilege of serving on Secretariat as well as vice-chairing the Ad-Hoc Committee at last year’s UCBMUN and am excited to witness another weekend of intense, high-caliber debate in this Joint Crisis Committee of the New York Police Department. Now more than ever, it is vital to examine the history of law enforcement and criminal justice in our country and there are few eras in American history more exciting than rise of the Five Points Gang in New York City during the turn of the 19th century.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. I wish you all the best of luck in preparation and committee and I look forward to meeting all of you in the beautiful San Francisco!

Matthew Lee
Head Chair

Jesse Sommers

Welcome delegates to UCBMUN XXIII!

My name is Jesse Sommers, and I am excited to serve as this committee’s Crisis Director! I am a sophomore majoring in Political Economy and minoring in Global Poverty and Practice here at UC Berkeley. Born in Chicago and raised in Los Angeles, my life is a quilt of summers spent road-tripping across the United States, although California is undeniably my home. When I’m not focused on MUN, you can catch me tackling sexual violence and sexual harassment issues in student government, camping out in Main Stacks library, studying mandarin while on the stairmaster, or belligerently ranting about something(subject depending on my mood). Inside of this committee, I’m particularly excited to see how each of you creatively utilize your role, as well as exhibit dexterity. I feel privileged for the role I get to play in integrating your arcs into the committee room, and am looking forward to meeting you all come March! Until then, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Warm regards,
Jesse Sommers
Crisis Director