2019-2020 Executive Board
Mitansh Shah, President
Mitansh is a senior at UCLA studying Computer Science Engineering and Public Policy. He is from New Jersey and then Mumbai, India. He has been involved with Model UN since high school and has been an active member of MUN at UCLA since his freshman year. Outside of MUN, when not searching the depths of Boelter Hall for a quiet place to code, Mitansh can be found traveling, looking for new food experiences, scavenging BBC for interesting news, or working on legislative advocacy issues. He loves Game of Thrones, playing a variety of sports, and following his beloved Bayern Munich soccer team. Memelord by day. Asleep by night.
BruinMUN Secretary General
Danielle Rommerdahl is a third-year Psychobiology and Political Science double major from Huntington Beach, California. Model United Nations has been a part of her life since freshman year of high school, when she started competing on the Southern California circuit. Since then, Danielle has competed in over 25 conferences and currently competes with the UCLA travel team. This year, she is looking forward to being the Secretary-General of BruinMUN, a conference she attended twice herself in high school. Having had a passion for medicine all of her life, Danielle hopes to pursue a career in the medical field once she graduates. Outside of MUN, Danielle volunteers at the Mattel Children’s Hospital and is working to become an EMT. When free, she loves to take naps, travel to new places, and spend time with her friends.
LAMUN Secretary General
Rachel DuRose is a third-year Public Affairs major, Global Health minor from Orlando, Florida. She joined Model UN freshman year and has been dedicated to the club ever since. Rachel served as Director of Logistics for the club her Sophomore year and has remained an active member of UCLA’s travel team. Having chosen to attend a college in LA in order to continue to pursue a career as an actress, Rachel is prepared to balance school, planning for LAMUN, and auditions. Outside of MUN Rachel can be found facetiming her twin sister who attends UPenn, writing for the Opinion section of the Daily Bruin, or drinking a lot of coffee.
Aishwarya Natarajan, Chief of Staff
Aishwarya is a fourth year premed Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology major with a minor in Global Studies from Cupertino, CA. Her senior year will culminate her seventh year involved in MUN, having been able to compete around the country with our travel team and staff both BruinMUN and LAMUN with her incomparable peers. Having been a part of senior staff and secretariat for UCLA's conferences through her years with MUN at UCLA, she can't imagine a better group of people end her MUN career with. When she isn't cramming for exams, she's exploring LA for the best cafes, obsessively color coding her planner, and brunching with her friends.
Director of Travel Team
Dan Zhukov is a fourth-year Political Science and History double major, born in Russia and currently living in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has staffed UCLA's high school and collegiate MUN conferences since his freshman year and joined the club's travel team at the start of his sophomore year. After serving as one of the USGs of Crisis for LAMUN 2019, Dan is thrilled beyond belief to lead the club's team as one of its head delegates. Whenever Dan gets a miraculous moment of free time, he can be found reading, watching, and writing all things sci-fi, as well as trying to figure out how to break into the field of foreign policy think-tanks after graduation.
Director of Training
Hailing from India, Aditya is a rising senior studying International Development Studies at the College and pursuing a career in the corporate world. He has been involved with Model United Nations for the past seven years and has chaired and competed actively for MUN at UCLA. Outside of Model UN, Aditya is passionate about capital markets, international politics, and has developed a new love of soccer. When he is not busy procrastinating through the quarter, Aditya spends his time traveling, playing strategic poker, or binging international T.V. series.
Director of Finance
Anusha Goyal is a third-year Geography major with a minor in Geographical Information Systems and Technologies from Dubai, U.A.E. and Punjab, India. She happened upon MUN in college and has been involved in it ever since. When she's not studying or making maps, Anusha can be found re-watching Friends, playing Catan or scrolling through Subtle Curry Traits. After graduating, she hopes to go to law school for International Law.
Director of Technology
Avery is a second-year at UCLA studying Computer Science and minoring in Public Affairs. Before moving to LA, Avery grew up in Washington, DC and Boston. Avery has been involved in Model UN for six years, and continues to be an active member of MUN at UCLA’s travel team and conference staff. When he’s not scrambling to finish a CS project at the last hour, Avery can be found binge watching Aaron Sorkin’s TV shows, pushing inDesign to its limits while laying out a news-magazine for UCLA Student Media, or freelance photographing for private clients. Oh, and he refuses to step foot in a gym. Ever.
Director of Marketing
Kristie-Valerie Hoang is a fourth year student studying Human Biology and Society and Political Science. This is Kristie's fourth year participating in Model United Nations. She was previously the Under-Secretary General of General Assemblies/Specialized Bodies at LAMUN XIV. Kristie has been the de-facto club photographer for the past three years, and is excited to bridge her love of multimedia and global politics as the Marketing Director. Outside of MUN, she is the Digital Managing Editor of the Daily Bruin, UCLA's student-run newspaper. Additionally, she is a course assistant for several legal communications classes. In between being MUN's hype woman and holding institutions accountable, Kristie enjoys forcing her friends to listen to Taylor Swift and testing her lactose intolerance.
Director of Internal Relations
Simon is a fourth year UCLA student studying Applied Mathematics and Philosophy. Hailing from Beijing and Manila, his presence in MUN dates back to junior year of high school, competing in international conferences. He has staffed both BruinMUN and LAMUN, and is thrilled to serve as the club's Director of Internal Relations in his final year at UCLA. Outside of MUN, Simon can be found tagging friends in memes, watching late night television segments, making Spotify playlists, and devouring fat sals on Thursdays at 3am. Upon graduation, he is hoping to pursue a masters degree in International Relations and eventually join an INGO.
Director of External Relations
Aileen Nguyen is senior from Orange County. After accidently participated in a conference her junior year of high school, she has been in a part of MUN ever since. She is excited to be this year’s internal director and hopes to find new ways to improve outreach. Outside of MUN, Aileen enjoys being a part of her sorority, the Daily Bruin, UCLA Homecoming and various other campus activities. When no immersed in MUN she enjoys reading, graphic design, and travelling.
Director of Logistics
Praveen Bandla is a second (first) year Mathematics-Economics major from Hyderabad, India. Having told himself he would not participate in Model UN after 5 years of it through middle and high school, he found a reignited interest after having staffed for BruinMUN, LAMUN and competing with the travel team. With a passion for international relations and macroeconomics, he hopes to find himself a career in consulting or policy. An avid football (#viscaelbarca) and cricket fan, he also takes particular interest in EDM, Marvel, video games, and tech.