Advisory Board

Members of the NWMUN Advisory Board are volunteers who serve as part of the overall management structure of NWMUN. Advisory Board members are chosen based on their experience in Model United Nations delegation leadership, conference staff and Secretariat experience (including prior experience with NWMUN), and real-world experience with international affairs, especially issues affecting and affected by the UN and other international organizations and conferences.

Advisory Board members are asked to contribute to the substantive program of the conference, including helping with committee selection, topic selection, hiring of the Director-General and Chief of Staff, and contributing to the editing of the Background Guides based on their own substantive experience. We believe that their experience in international affairs helps inform their editing, improving the quality of analysis in our background materials. We believe their experience as staff at NWMUN and other conferences helps provide Advisory Board members with the knowledge of how to impart this knowledge. We believe that their experience in team leadership gives them an understanding of what our delegates need, and how best to present it to them. We list their names and relevant experience and involvement here to acknowledge their contribution to the high substantive quality, and overall success, of NWMUN.

Rubai Aurora
2009-Present Member of the NWA Board of Directors
2007-2008 Director of Events and Membership, UW Model United Nations
2008-2009 Director of Internal Affairs, UW Model United Nations
2007-2010 NWMUN Staff Member
Currently employed by Development Alternatives, an NGO based in New Delhi, India

Jesse Barnett
2011-2013 President, WWU Model United Nations
2010-2011 Head Delegate, WWU Model United Nations delegation to NWMUN
Fall 2013 Chair, Model United Nations of Cascadia (MUNC)

Jason Clopper
2010-Present Member of the NWA Board of Directors
2008-2009 President, WWU Model United Nations
2009 Deputy Secretary-General, Northwest Model United Nations
Currently serving as a development corps member in the United States Peace Corps in Nairobi, Kenya

Adam de la Cruz
2009-Present Member of the NWA Board of Directors (Chairman, 2011-Present)
2007-2008 Director of External Affairs and Director of Operations, UW Model United Nations
2008-2009 President, UW Model United Nations
2007 NWMUN Staff Member
2008 Deputy Secretary-General, Northwest Model United Nations
2009 Assistant Secretary-General for Conference Services, Northwest Model United Nations
Currently employed by Wonju Sahmyook School in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Morgan Deters
2011-2012, 2012-2013 Co-President, Lewis & Clark Model United Nations
2013-2014 Adviser, Lewis & Clark Model United Nations
2010-Present NWMUN Staff Member

Christopher Esh
2008-2009 Director of Operations, UW Model United Nations
2009-2010 President, UW Model United Nations
2010-2011 Advisor, UW Model United Nations
2010 Director-General, Northwest Model United Nations
2011 Secretary-General, Northwest Model United Nations
Currently employed by Vantage Artist Management in Los Angeles, CA.

Sameer Kanal
2008-Present Member of the NWA Board of Directors (Chairman, 2008-2010)
2008-Present Executive Director, Northwest Association for Global Affairs
2005-2006, 2006-2007, 2007-2008 President, UW Model United Nations
2008-2009, 2009-2010 Advisor, UW Model United Nations
2006 Director-General, Clark College Model United Nations
2007, 2008 Secretary-General, American Pacific Model United Nations
2010, 2011 Under-Secretary-General, National Model United Nations
Winter/Spring 2006, Fall 2006 Chair, Model United Nations of Cascadia (MUNC)
2008, 2009 Secretary-General, Northwest Model United Nations
2014 Secretary-General, National Model United Nations - Northwest
Currently employed by Reaching Critical Will in New York, NY

Kristina Mader
2008-Present Member of the NWA Board of Directors (Chairman, 2010-2011)
2004-2005, 2005-2006, 2006-2007 President, WWU Model United Nations
2007-2008 Advisor, WWU Model United Nations
2011, 2012, 2013 Under-Secretary-General, National Model United Nations
2014 Deputy Secretary-General, National Model United Nations
2007 NWMUN Staff Member
2010 Secretary-General, Northwest Model United Nations
2008, 2009, 2011 Director-General, Northwest Model United Nations
Currently employed by the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security in New York, NY

Neil Rotta
2009-2010 Director of Operations, UW Model United Nations
2010-2011 President, UW Model United Nations
2011-Present Advisor, UW Model United Nations
Fall 2011 Chair, Model United Nations of Cascadia (MUNC)
2011 Chief of Staff, Northwest Model United Nations
2012, 2013 Secretary-General, Northwest Model United Nations
Currently employed as Finance and Budget Director at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA

Sasha Sleiman
2008-2009 Advisor, WWU Model United Nations
Winter/Spring 2009 Chair, Model United Nations of Cascadia
2013, 2014 Under-Secretary-General, National Model United Nations
2012, 2013 Director-General, Northwest Model United Nations
Currently employed by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs in New York, NY

Galen Stocking
Ph.D. in Political Science - University of California, Santa Barbara (2011)
2009 Director-General, National Model United Nations
2008-Present NWMUN Staff Member
Currently Faculty Advisor to the University of California, Santa Barbara MUN Team in Santa Barbara, CA

Rebekah Traficante
2010-2011 Director of Public Relations, UW Model United Nations
2011-2012 President, UW Model United Nations
2012-2013 Advisor, UW Model United Nations
2012-Present NWMUN Staff Member
Currently employed by the League of Education Voters in Seattle, WA