Meet the Secretariat
Emma Ogonoski is the Secretary General of WAMUNC XXII. Emma is a Junior in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in International Affairs with minors in Spanish and Sustainability. Previously, Emma served as a Vice Chair for WAMUNC XX’s SOCHUM committee and Undersecretary General of Regional Bodies and Councils.
Emma has competed in Model United Nations since eighth grade and is a member of the GW Model United Nations team, which travels to different college conferences. Outside of school, she likes to take naps and watch TV, her favorites series are 30 Rock and Parks and Rec. She is from St. Louis, Missouri (go Cards!). Emma is excited to welcome you to WAMUNC XXII!
Krista Nolan is the Executive Director for WAMUNC XXII. She is a sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Geography, Geographic Information Systems, and Sustainability. Her hometown is in the mountains of East Tennessee, but she now lives in historic Fredericksburg, VA. Previously, Krista was the Director of Conference Relations for WAMUNC XXI.
Model UN became her passion in high school, and she is very excited to continue her passion at the collegiate level. She is also a member of Delta Iota Gamma, the first anthropology and archaeology pre-professional fraternity, and the Club Water Polo team. At heart, she is a foodie and a coffee junkie. On the weekend she is often out and about DC, looking for local coffee shops and fan favorite restaurants.
Chief of Staff
Gabriel Bras-Nevares is the Chief of Staff for WAMUNC XXII. He previously served on WAMUNC XXI´s staff as Crisis Staffer for the Ad-Hoc Committee. Gabriel is a sophomore in the School of Media and Public Affairs studying Journalism and Mass Communication, with a potential double major in Spanish and a minor in Film Studies.
Gabriel hails from San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he competed for three years on his high school circuit. He is currently an active member of GW´s collegiate MUN travel team in addition to being an Opinions writer for GW´s newspaper, the GW Hatchet. Gabriel is an avid film and music fanatic as well as a passionate literature geek. On campus, Gabriel enjoys hanging out with his friends, writing, biking on his usual route around the National Mall, and making his love for his island home abundantly clear through political rants and loud Bad Bunny songs blasting from his phone in the background. Gabriel is super excited to meet all our delegates and make WAMUNC XXIII unforgettable for all!
Director of Finance
Kevin Chen is the Director of Finance for WAMUNC XXII. This is his second year serving as Director of Finance and he previously served as Assistant Director of Public Relations. Kevin is a senior in the business school double concentrating in Finance and International Business and minoring in Graphic Design.
In addition to WAMUNC, Kevin works at an intellectual property law firm. Kevin channels his adventurous spirit into exploring DC, trying different foods, and flying planes.
Director of Public Relations
Caleb Trantham is the Director of Public Relations for WAMUNC XXII. He is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in International Affairs and Economics. He previously served as a crisis director of a JCC in WAMUNC XXI.
This year, Caleb is an Assistant Head Delegate of the GW Model United Nations team in addition to also serving on the Secretariat of GWCIA. He is from Minnetonka, Minnesota, and if you ask nicely he'll be sure to do the "Fargo" accent for you. He looks forward to a making sure WAMUNC XXII is an engaging and fun experience for all delegates!
Director of Accommodations
Derek Lo is the Director of Accommodations for WAMUNC XXII. He is a sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences majoring in political science with a minor in history.
Outside of WAMUNC, Derek is a DC Fellow at the Junior State of America Foundation and a member of the Asian American Student Association. He hails from Westford, Massachusetts, and in his spare time enjoys exploring DC and being a political geek. He is looking forward to ensuring a smooth WAMUNC XXII.
Director of Programming
Cyrena Kokolis is the Director of Programming for WAMUNC XXII. She is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in Security Policy and a minor in Geographic Information Systems. At last year's WAMUNC, she served as a crisis staffer for JCC Battle of the Bells.
In addition to competing on GW's Model United Nations team, Cyrena currently serves as USG of Historical and Specialized Bodies for the 2019 Greater Washington Conference on International Affairs (GW's middle school MUN conference) as well as Director of Academic Programming for the GW International Affairs Society. Her hobbies include singing (she is the music director of the GW Pitches, an all-female a cappella group), painting DC landmarks, and watching Netflix documentaries. She is originally from Voorhees, New Jersey. Cyrena is looking forward to an amazing WAMUNC XXII!
Director of Security
Jack Wild is the Director of Security for WAMUNC XXII. He previously served as Vice Chair for the Joint Session of the 91st United States Congress committee. Jack is a Sophomore from New York City studying Political Science and International Affairs.
In addition to WAMUNC, Jack is the Internship Coordinator for the Manhattan Borough President’s Office in New York. In his free time, he enjoys exploring DC’s incredible restaurants, traveling, and walking his dog, Kona. Jack is excited for an amazing WAMUNC XXII.
Director of Operations
Will Liscomb is the Director of Operations for WAMUNC XXII. In WAMUNC XX, he served as a vice chair for the World Health Organization and the following year he was the Under Secretary General of Historical and Specialized committees. Will is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs majoring in International Affairs with minors in Arabic and Geography.
Aside from WAMUNC, Will is on the GW Model UN Travel Team as well as on GW’s Club Lacrosse team. Will is from Woodstock, CT and loves to hang out with his friends when at home. Outside of school, Will can be found binge watching Netflix shows like The Office or Parks and Rec, watching college lax, or playing videos games. He is looking forward to an amazing WAMUNC XXII.
USG for International Bodies
Linnea Budd is the Under Secretary General of International Bodies for WAMUNC XXII. She is originally from Holden, Massachusetts and is studying International Business and French at GW. She previously served as the Chief of Staff and Secretary General of GW's middle school MUN conference and she is currently serving as the International Affairs Society's Director of Professional Development. She has also chaired WAMUNC committees in the past, most recently SOCHUM at WAMUNC XX.
Linnea first joined Model UN when she was in middle school and is currently a member of GW's travel team. Outside of MUN she likes traveling, going to coffee shops, watching reality TV, and trying new workout classes. Linnea is looking forward to an amazing WAMUNC XXII!
USG of Crisis Committees
Peter Opitz will serve as the Under-Secretary General for Crisis Committees for WAMUNC XXII. Peter is a sophomore in the Elliott School of International Affairs hoping to double major in International Affairs and Political Communication and concentrate in Middle Eastern Studies. During WAMUNC XXI, Peter served as a vice-chair for the Sic Transit Imperium committee.
In addition to WAMUNC, Peter is a member of the George Washington University Model United Nations travel team and College Democrats. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Peter enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, and any other activity that takes place outside. During his free time you’ll usually find him wandering the streets of Washington, DC or exploring new museums with friends. Peter is very excited to see what WAMUNC XXII will bring!
USG for Historical and Specialized Bodies
Sebastián Cardona-Negrón is the Under Secretary General for Historic and Specialized committees for WAMUNC XXII. In last year’s conference, Sebastián served as Chair for the Court of Mary, Queen of Scotts committee. He is a sophomore in the Milken Institute School of Public Health majoring in Public Health through a Pre-Med track.
Sebastián was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he lived until he moved to Washington, DC to begin his college education at the George Washington University. He has been involved in MUN since the seventh grade and is very passionate about it. Outside of MUN and school, Sebastián is known for working as a research assistant, taking daily naps, and absolutely loving Game of Thrones. He is ready and excited for WAMUNC XXII!
USG for Regional Bodies & Councils
Katie Roberts is the Under Secretary General for Regional Bodies and Councils for WAMUNC XXII. At WAMUNC XXI, she served as Chair of the Arab League, and was a Vice Chair of SOCHUM for GWCIA, GW's middle school Model UN conference. Katie is a sophomore in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences pursuing a double major of Political Science and International Affairs.
Katie has done Model UN for five years, both at her high school in Glenview, Illinois, and as a member of the GWUMUN team. Outside of class, Katie is a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Pre-Law Student Association. Her favorite TV shows are Survivor and Pretty Little Liars. Katie is looking forward to a great WAMUNC XXII!
Maham Quraishi is the Senior Advisor for WAMUNC XXII. She is a senior originally from Downingtown, Pennsylvania in the Elliott School of International Affairs double majoring in International Affairs and Economics. During her freshman year she joined the the Model United Nations team at GW and has really loved the skills she learned and people she has met! She also staffed WAMUNC for the past two years!
In addition to WAMUNC, she is a member of Delta Phi Epsilon Professional Foreign Service Sorority and in her spare time you can find her gardening on campus, exploring the D.C. area, and spending time with friends!
She looks forward to seeing everyone at WAMUNC this year and hopes everyone has fun at the conference.