Staff

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Emma Lapinsky

Secretary General

secretarygeneral@ucbmun.org

Emma is a junior majoring in Political Science with minors in Public Policy and Human Rights. She is from Seattle, Washington, arguably the most beautiful city in the US. Emma joined UCBMUN because of her love for competing but found herself more drawn to the staffing and planning elements of the club. Outside of MUN, Emma does research at Berkeley Law and is a part of the Berkeley Forum, a student organization that hosts speaker events on campus. In her free time, she enjoys long walks through Berkeley, getting brunch with her friends, and drinking too much boba. Emma is both incredibly honored and humbled to be serving as Secretary General this year and is confident this will be the best UCBMUN yet.
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Daniel Liu

Director General

directorgeneral@ucbmun.org

Daniel is a junior originally from Albany, California (around 2 miles from UC Berkeley). At Cal (GO BEARS!), Daniel is majoring in Economics and Political Science. Having done Model UN since freshman year of high school, Daniel is familiar with many West coast high school model conferences including BMUN, SMUNC, and DMUNC. Daniel chose to apply to UCBMUN because he never had any opportunities staffing any Model UN conferences and because he was interested in competing at the collegiate level. Outside of UCBMUN, Daniel is part of social impact consulting and the Taiwanese–American Student Association. Daniel loves to read, hike, play cello, and relax. Daniel can't wait to see all of you at UCBMUN XXVI!

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Priya Sharma

Chief of Staff — Internal

chiefofstaff@ucbmun.org

Priya is a second–year from Brewster, New York, double majoring in Economics and Global Studies, and minoring in Public Policy. After being involved in Model United Nations for 5 years prior to her freshman year, she knew she had to join a similar community as soon as she got to college. She joined MUN in her first semester as a freshman at UC Berkeley, and has grown her love of international relations. UCBMUN has allowed her to meet some of her best friends at Berkeley, and she hopes everyone finds a family within MUN! In her spare time, she loves to write, annoy her friends, and binge Netflix. Aside from Model UN, Priya is also involved in the ASUC and Greek Life at Cal. She is super excited to meet you all, and hopes you have a great UCBMUN!
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Camilla Rodrigues

Chief of Staff — Internal

chiefofstaff@ucbmun.org

Camilla is a sophomore majoring in Political Economy. She is from Ponce, Puerto Rico and has a deep interest in politics, especially in development and social welfare. Camilla joined UCBMUN in Fall of 2020 and has since then participated in collegiate conferences and staffed in BearMUN and last year's UCBMUN conference. Camilla is very excited for all of the fun activities and socials she is planning with the rest of the UCBMUN staff!

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Vishwaa Sofat

Chief of Staff — External

external@ucbmun.org

Vishwaa is a sophomore from New York City, planning to double major in Computer Science and Political Science with a Public Policy minor, which he hopes to combine for a career in public service. Having participated in Model UN throughout high school, he chose to join UCBMUN as a freshman to satiate his love for foreign affairs. He values the opportunity to learn about new issues, recognize how imperfect our world is, and work collectively with other delegates towards a solution—perhaps not always a perfect one. Alongside Model UN, he runs his own civics initiative, is involved in research on campus, and is a Deputy Editor for the Daily Californian's Weekender section. In his free time, you can find him bantering over how the East Coast is the superior coast, playing soccer with friends, or in line waiting to order from Yogurt Park. Vishwaa is looking forward to the conference and providing delegates with plenty of unforgettable memories!

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Priscilla Kim

Director of Sponsorships

sponsorships@ucbmun.org

Priscilla is a junior originally from Busan, South Korea but raised in Los Angeles. She is studying business administration and political science and joined UCBMUN as a sophomore. Outside of MUN, she has been involved with the ASUC (Associated Students of the University of California) as Director of Pre–Law and Director of Business. Additionally, she has done research under a political science professor at Cal regarding apologies in an international setting. Off campus, she has done internships regarding market research and business development for a consulting firm and a start up. In her free time, she loves to go on road trips, watch Grey's Anatomy, and play video games with her friends. She looks forward to meeting all the delegates and having a great conference!

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Alejandro Alvarez

USG — JCC/Ad-Hoc

usg-jcc@ucbmun.org

Alejandro Alvarez is a second–year undergraduate student from the South San Francisco Bay Area but was raised in Madrid, Spain and Sacramento, California. He plans to major in Political Science and History while pursuing a minor in Resource and Conservation Studies. Alejandro started Model United Nations during college but since high school, he has always been interested in issues regarding international relations and foreign affairs. In particular, Alejandro loves historical committees because he identifies as a massive history nerd! Nonetheless, he plans to pursue higher education by either entering law school or graduate school for history. Outside of Model United Nations, Alejandro writes articles with The Rights Stuff at Cal and the Organization for World Peace; he also works with the Cal ACLU as the Immigration Committee Director. Beyond school, he loves to read, go to the beach, and drink coffee. Most of all, Alejandro is extremely excited for this year's UCBMUN conference!
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Lily Moser

USG — GA/SB

usg-sbga@ucbmun.org

Lily is a 4th year student studying Political Science and Environmental Studies at UC Berkeley. She's originally from the Bay Area and loves Berkeley with all her heart. Lily has been competing in Model United Nations since Freshman year of college and is especially passionate about GA. In her free time, Lily enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time at the beach. Lily is so excited about all the compelling GA/Specbod topics and potential resolutions.

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Justin Kaito Church

USG — Crisis

usg-crisis@ucbmun.org

Justin, better known by his middle name of Kaito, is a sophomore at UC Berkeley intending to study chemical biology (and maybe something else?). From San Diego County, Kaito has had the opportunity to do MUN since his freshman year of high school; originally joining to better his communication skills, he has found MUN to be an inspiring experience where he met incredible people (although some definitely have backstabbed him in committee), and was ecstatic to join UCBMUN. Outside of MUN, he enjoys composing music and playing the viola as part of the Intermission Orchestra. He is humbled and excited to be your USG of Crisis for the twenty–sixth iteration of UCBMUN.

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Jake Arft-Guatelli

USG — Crisis

usg-crisis@ucbmun.org

Jake Arft-Guatelli is a sophomore majoring in philosophy from San Diego, California. He first became involved in MUN in his freshman year of high school through a passion for current events and international affairs, and is thrilled to be continuing MUN at the collegiate level. Outside of MUN and classes, Jake is involved in researching existential risk, loves skiing, and can often be found trying a new single origin coffee or reading science fiction. Jake is excited to serve as USG and is looking forward to meeting all of the delegates at conference!
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Helen Yang

Director of Technology & Operations

technology@ucbmun.org

Helen is a junior pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Business Administration. She has lived in 13 cities in the US, Canada, and China, but calls Cal and the San Francisco Bay Area home. As a member of her high school MUN team, she developed a passion for international relations and debate, and looked forward to joining UCBMUN the moment she committed to Cal. Throughout her time at Cal, the club became not only an outlet for her interests, but also a welcoming family and a safe space for discussion and thought. When she is not busy with UCBMUN, she can be found crying over bugs in her code, binge reading sci–fi novels, and listening to BTS and blackbear. Helen is incredibly excited to help create an unforgettable conference experience for all delegates, and cannot wait to meet everyone during conference weekend.
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Tarun Sreedhar

Director of Technology & Design

technology@ucbmun.org

Tarun Sreedhar is one of UCBMUN XXVI's Directors of Tech and is excited for conference! He is from the East Bay, and as a junior at Cal, he is studying Computer Science and Public Policy. He's been involved in MUN in both the high school and college circuits for 7 years now. Besides MUN, he's also involved in entrepreneurship and sports. He's looking forward to a great conference!