Meet E-Board

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Silas Swanson is a senior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science studying Earth and Environmental Engineering. He is CIRCA's President for the 2020-21 academic year and has previously served as VP Marketing, and Director General of the Columbia Model United Nations Conference and Exposition (CMUNCE). Outside of CIRCA, Silas runs the Columbia Youth Climate Summit, serves as Living Green Committee Leader for EcoReps, and is a research assistant at the Columbia Electrochemical Energy Center. Outside of Columbia, he is a member of the Advisory Board for the Wild Center's Youth Climate Initiative. Silas is from the Adirondack mountains, and he loves to ski, play with his dog, and spend more time on YouTube than he would like to admit.

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Deputy Treasurer

Katy Haden is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Political Science and Creative Writing. She is CIRCA's Deputy Treasurer and is also involved in CESIMS, CMUNNY, and Travel Team. Outside of CIRCA, Katy is in Jubilation!, an a capella group, COOP, and the Multicultural Recruitment Committee. Back in the good old days of being on campus, you could've found her running in central park, on a quest to find the best bagels in NYC (TBD), or having a dance party in Carman 1201 (aka the best dorm room in all of Columbia). Katy can't wait to meet new members and serve on CIRCA's eboard!

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Vice President of Social Affairs

María is a senior at Columbia College from Miami, FL, double majoring in Political Science and Hispanic Studies. In addition to her eboard position, she is also currently the Chief of Staff for CMUNCE, has directed committees for Columbia's other MUN conferences (CMUNNY and CESIMS), and competes on the MUN Travel Team. Outside of CIRCA, María is a Lead Activist for the Columbia College Dems, and a campus tour guide! She is an avid Netflix user, a frequent nap-taker, a Bad Bunny enthusiast, and there's nothing she loves more than a passionate political debate! As a Cuban-Mexican, María's favorite pastime is dancing to the beat of almost any Latin rhythm, especially salsa! She can't wait to spend her last year at Columbia as your VP of Social Affairs!

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President of CAFA

Raya Tarawneh is a junior in Columbia College studying Political Science and Economics. She is the president of CAFA and is also involved with the Columbia Political Review. She is from Amman, Jordan and enjoys reading, writing, and speaking about Middle Eastern politics. She loves mango-flavored tea, Mrs. Dalloway, Montreal, and beetroots.

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Mwandeyi Kamwendo

Director-General of CMUNCE

Mwandeyi Kamwendo (you can call her Mwan!) is a junior in Columbia College from the pretty city of Lilongwe, Malawi. She's currently working towards completing her major in Political Science as well as her concentration in Visual Arts. On CIRCA E-Board, Mwan is the Director-General of CMUNCE XX and has previously served as CIRCA's Design Chair. Beyond being involved with several CIRCA branches, Mwan likes to think about sustainable development's intersection with social justice, the future of 2D animation, and the unshakable power of love. She's loved her time in CIRCA and is very excited to work towards making the community more welcoming and more inclusive for the classes to come!



Director-General of CESIMS

Olivia Hussey is a junior at Columbia College studying Political Science and Dance on a pre-law track. She is currently serving as the Director-General of CESIMS, but is also affiliated with Travel Team, CMUNNY, and CMUNCE. In addition to CIRCA, Olivia is the president of Columbia UnTapped, and is a member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. She loves coffee, museums, fall weather, jazz music, binge-watching sitcoms, and adventuring in the city. Olivia is ecstatic to be a CIRCA E-Board member and to be planning CESIMS this year!



Director-General of CMUNNY

Owen is a rising Senior in the Dual BA Program Between Columbia and Sciences Po majoring in both Politics and Classical Studies and is currently the Director-General for CMUNNY, CIRCA's flagship MUN conference. Having participated in Model UN through high school and then at the collegiate level on the European circuit during his first two years, then becoming a Conference Operations Fellow (COF) at CMUNNY XIV, Owen has altogether too much MUN experience to be considered reasonable. A rabid New England sports fan, he proudly touts his Boston memorabilia in the streets of New York even at the risk of starting a fight. In what little free time he has, Owen can often be found wandering the Greco-Roman halls of the Met or desperately looking for some way to keep up his French skills.



Travel Team Head Delegate

Gabriel Gonzalez is a Junior in Columbia College studying American Politics and International Relations. He is one of the Head Delegates for the Model UN Travel Team, and is also involved in CMUNNY, CMUNCE, and CESIMS. Outside of CIRCA, Gabriel is in the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee Leadership, as well as the Columbia Undergraduate Law Review. Gabriel loves discussing current political developments, art and architecture, and above all exploring New York City. He can often be found either in Butler Ref or at the Met Fifth Avenue. Gabriel is very excited to serve on the Executive Board this year!

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Vice President & Treasurer

Anna Connell is a junior in Columbia College studying Economics-Mathematics with a concentration in Philosophy. She is the Vice President & Treasurer of CIRCA, and has been involved with the Social Marketing Board, Travel Team, and conference staffing throughout her time in the club. Previously, she acted as CIRCA's Deputy Treasurer. Outside of CIRCA, she is on the board of Smart Woman Securities, a finance club for women, and is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi, the co-ed pre-professional business fraternity. She's interested in Russian culture, feminist theory and activism, and the intersection between politics and global markets. She can be most easily located on campus by her incredibly loud laugh.




Vice President of Marketing

Katie Gorman is a sophomore in Columbia College studying Russian and Political Science. She is CIRCA's VP Marketing and is also involved in CMUNCE, CMUNNY, and Travel Team. Outside of CIRCA, Katie is in Swing Dancing Club, Peace by P.E.A.C.E., and is a Residential Advisor. Her goal in life is to join the Foreign Service and she practices by dedicating too much of her time to nationsim games. She loves thunderstorms, red pens, Star Wars and Frank Sinatra, can rant about Schermerhorn Hall for 20 minutes straight, and reads too many books. Katie is very excited to serve on eboard this year!

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Editor-in-Chief of CPR

Alex Siegal is a senior in Columbia College studying Economics-Political Science. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Political Review, and used to be on the secretariat of CMUNCE as well. Outside of CIRCA, he is the president of the Columbia College Student Ambassadors, the president of the political science honors society, and the former vice president of the Columbia University College Democrats. He enjoys tennis and writing, plans to attend law school in the future, and thinks you should submit an article pitch to the Columbia Political Review!

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Secretary-General of CMUNCE

Katherine Malus is a senior in Columbia College studying Political Science and Slavic Studies. She is the Secretary-General of CMUNCE and is also involved in CPR and the Social and Marketing Branches. Outside of CIRCA, Katherine is in the Columbia College Student Ambassadors, Gamma Phi Beta, and Order of Omega. She loves Scooby-Doo and mac and cheese. She also can rant about how Pittsburgh is really part of the Midwest for an extended period of time. Katherine is very excited to serve on eboard this year!

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Secretary-General of CESIMS

Janine Nassar is a senior at Barnard College majoring in political science and human rights. She is the Secretary-General of CESIMS, and is also involved in CPR. Outside of CIRCA, she is a Writing Fellow at Barnard, and does advocacy work for refugees in Beirut, Lebanon. She enjoys watching documentaries, cooking, and running in Central Park. She is additionally a true coffee fanatic. Janine looks forward to representing CESIMS on CIRCA's executive board this academic year.



Secretary-General of CMUNNY

Rachael Whitley is a rising Senior in Barnard College majoring in Economic and Social History and minoring in Psychology. This is her eighth and final year of involvement with Model United Nations, for the first part of which she'll be serving as the Secretary-General of CMUNNY. She is also a member of Columbia’s Travel Team and has directed committees at CIRCA’s various conferences. Outside of Model UN, she works on shows for the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe, and enjoys getting out of the city in the winter with Columbia’s Ski and Snowboard Club. In her ‘copious’ free time, she enjoys drinking far too much Cold Brew coffee, tending to her rapidly growing plant collection (23 and counting!), and losing at videogames.



Travel Team Head Delegate

Rose Jacobs is a senior in the dual BA program between Sciences Po and Columbia, studying political science, political philosophy, and history. She is also one of the Head Delegates of CIRCA’s travel team, a role that has pretty much consumed her life since she stepped foot on Columbia’s campus last year. Rose loves Model UN — and has attended more than 40 conferences, served on 7 Secretariats, and been an Editor at Best Delegate to show it — but she will reluctantly admit to having other interests. In her non-existent free time, she fundraises for political campaigns, tries (and fails) to organize D&D sessions, and texts her rabbi bad takes on Judaism she finds on the internet. She also likes making things out of clay. Rose is excited to see what this upcoming year holds for MUN and will work to maintain a close and compassionate travel team community, despite the absence of travel.

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