The Georgetown International Relations Association is led by a board of directors made up of Georgetown University students.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Brendan Keenan firstname.lastname@example.org
rendan Keenan is a senior in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Security Studies and a certificate in Latin American Studies. Hailing from Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, Brendan has loved getting to know D.C. over the past three years. Brendan has been involved with GIRA since his freshman year, staffing NAIMUN and NCSC, GIRA's Model UN conferences for high school and college students respectively, and representing the organization as a Fellow in Seoul, South Korea in 2016. Outside of GIRA, Brendan is involved with student government at Georgetown and co-chairs a committee with members of the University Administration and Neighborhood Association to facilitate stronger relations among the members of the Georgetown neighborhood community. During his time as CEO, Brendan looks forward to helping GIRA continue to expand its options overseas and make Model UN more accessible to a wider variety of students.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, Zachary Schroepfer
Zac is a member of Georgetown's McDonough School of Business Class of 2019 pursuing majors in Marketing and Operations & Information Management with a concentration in Global Business and a minor in economics. Zac first got involved in the eccentric world of Model United Nations and International Relations in his first fall at Georgetown. Previous to making a home for himself at Georgetown, Zac hails from a small town in north Florida named Tallahassee. When Zac isn’t admiring the freedom he is given as an American, he’s either exploring the depths of the music world through concerts, Spotify, and SoundCloud; discovering new and adventurous places to watch his favorite Netflix shows in a hammock; or justifying his raging patriotism to his peers. Zac is very excited to be on board as the Chief Financial Officer of the Georgetown International Relations Association!
Chief Operating Officer, Justin McCartney
“Justin is a sophomore in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service concentrating in Culture in Politics, hailing originally from Swedesboro, New Jersey. Justin first became involved in Model UN during his freshman year of high school, and has not been able to escape since. He has traveled with Georgetown’s MUN team and served on the Senior Staff of both of Georgetown’s conferences, NCSC and NAIMUN. Outside of Model UN, Justin co-runs a weekly political podcast called Fly on the Wall, and is chair of the Georgetown University Student Association’s Sustainability Policy Coalition.”
CHIEF Internal OFFICER, Patricia Lin
Patricia Lin is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service Class of 2018, majoring in International Economics, and minoring in Chinese. She hails from the Bay Area. Outside of Model UN, Patricia enjoys listening to music, making art, and reading. On campus, she is also a Carroll Fellow. She is currently interning at a political campaign agency, and is very excited to represent GIRA's mission and goals!
CHIEF Global Strategist, Elodie Currier
Elodie Currier is a proud member of the Georgetown School of Foreign Service's Class of 2019, studying International Politics with a focus on International Law and a certificate from the Georgetown Center for Jewish Civilization. Growing up in the New England Arts community, as well as a variety of experiences abroad, has informed and driven her passion for International Affairs, as have her past 6 years of participation in Model UN first at the high school, and then collegiate level, where she has been an avid staffer and competitor, and last year served as the Director of Registration for NAIMUN LIV. Outside of GIRA and Model UN, Elodie is an Orientation Advisor for Georgetown, serves on the board of TEDxGeorgetown, and spends her free time running and exploring the DC area. Elodie is incredibly excited to work with the board as Chief Global Strategist, and during her tenure hopes to preserve GIRAs standard of excellence while working to standardize systems and visions that will expand the mission into new areas.
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY, Bianca lambert
Bianca is a sophomore in the Walsh School of Foreign Service where she plans to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Science, Technology, and Security. Bianca hails from Los Angeles, California, but is enjoying her new life on the East Coast. She started Model UN here at Georgetown where she has quickly become quite involved from traveling, staffing conferences, and traveling to China to teach at one of GIRA’s programs, NAIMUN-Pegasus. Outside of Model UN, Bianca plays harp in the Georgetown Orchestra, serves as an International Ambassador for new Georgetown students, and enjoys practicing languages when she has the time. Although new to GIRA, Bianca is excited to be a part of a great organization looking to further international education.
Secretary-General, NAIMUN LV, Christian mesa
Christian Mesa is a member of the Georgetown University Class of 2019, majoring in Government and minoring in History and Theology. Christian first became interested in Model United Nations in high school in Long Beach, California. After attending NAIMUN LII as a delegate, Christian fell in love with the conference and what Model UN could do for the education of a high school student. Christian is very excited to bring that passion to the position of Secretary-General at NAIMUN LV. Outside of NAIMUN, Christian can be found lobbying for issues he is passionate about in DC through various political advocacy internships. Christian is also on the Student Board of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service, as well as hosts a podcast for the Institute entitled Fly on the Wall, where he talks to political professionals about what its like being in the room where big decisions are made. Christian also writes a column for The Hoya, Georgetown’s premier newspaper. He enjoys rooting for the Los Angeles Dodgers and playing a round of golf on a sunny afternoon. Christian is very excited to welcome everyone to the Washington Hilton in February where he hopes everyone will come out of the weekend having learned something that they can successfully take into their next endeavors.
Executive Director, NAIMUN LV, Carley Mambuca
Carley Mambuca is a member of the class of 2019 in Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. She is majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs with a concentration in Security Studies, fellowship in Global Business, and minor in Spanish Language and Culture. Carley was born in New York, but has since moved to sunny Naples, Florida. She began participating in Model United Nations during her freshman year of high school and has not looked back since, currently competing on Georgetown’s Model UN Travel Team. When she attended NAIMUN as a delegate for LI, she fell in love with both Georgetown and Model United Nations, helping her discover her passion for international affairs and get to where she is today. Aside from Model UN, Carley participates in the Georgetown University Dance Company, the Student Activities Commission, and the Blue & Gray Tour Guide Society. In her free time, Carley can be found photo-shooting around DC. Carley is excited to serve as Executive Director for the 55th installment of the North American Invitational Model United Nations, share her passion for the conference, and welcome all delegates and moderators to the Washington Hilton for the best NAIMUN yet!
Secretary-General, NCSC XLV, Naba Rahman
Naba Rahman is a member of the Walsh School of Foreign Service’s Class of 2019, studying Science, Technology and International Affairs with a concentration in Business, Growth, and Development and pursuing a minor in Spanish. She has competes with Georgetown's competitive Model UN team, has served on both the NCSC and NAIMUN Secretariats, and most recently proudly served as the Secretary-General for NCSC XLV. When not bustling around a crisis suite or a committee room, Naba is a Project Manager for the Social Innovation and Public Service Fund, a Mentor in the SFS Century Innovation Program, a SFS Peer Advisor, and an analyst for Georgetown Collegiate Investors. She is looking forward to serving on the GIRA board and seeing what impact she and the rest of her colleagues can make in the world of international relations.
Executive Director, NCSC XLV, Aaron Bennett
Aaron Bennett is a proud member of Georgetown College’s Class of 2019, studying Political Economy and Theology. After seven years of Speech and Debate, Aaron first got involved in Model UN when he joined the Georgetown team during his first semester on campus, and has hit the ground running. He previously served as Director of Delegate Affairs for NCSC XLIV and Director of Programming for NAIMUN LIV, and is excited to serve as Executive Director of NCSC XLV. Traveling to and staffing conferences, he enjoys the tight-knit community that Model UN fosters both at Georgetown among members of the broader community. Outside of his work with GIRA, Aaron attends as many Hoya basketball games as possible, and is involved with student government and the Institute of Politics.
Emeritus, NAIMUN LIV, Garrett Williams
Garrett Williams is a member of the Class of 2018 in Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business, majoring in Finance and minoring in Chinese. He is originally from Orange County, California where he participated in Model UN all four years of high school. He has been very involved in Georgetown’s Model UN programming, both as a delegate and a conference organizer. Previously he served as the Undersecretary-General of Assemblies and Summits at NCSC XLIII as well as Undersecretary-General of General Assemblies at NAIMUN LIII (Georgetown’s high school conference). He just finished his term serving as Secretary-General of NAIMUN LIV. Outside of Model UN, Garrett serves as a Project Manager for Hilltop Consultants, a student-run consulting organization for non-profit organizations. He also gives tours to potential Hoyas and is a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity.
Emeritus, NAIMUN LIV, HALLE HAGAN
Halle Hagan is a member of the Georgetown Walsh School of Foreign Service’s class of 2018, pursuing a major in Science, Technology & International Affairs with concentrations in Business, Growth and Development and Computer Science, as well as a minor in Chinese. Growing up in Hong Kong inspired her interest in international affairs, particularly those concerning Asia. Halle has been involved in Model UN at Georgetown through both NCSC and NAIMUN, NCSC's Sister Conference, where she recently completed her tenure as the Executive Director of NAIMUN LIV. Outside of Model UN, Halle works as an RA in a freshman residence hall, reads and writes poetry, and seeks out new restaurants to try in her spare time to maintain her status as a #foodie.
Emeritus, NCSC XLIV, lyric gupta
Lyric Gupta is a rising senior in the School of Foreign Service majoring in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. Having done Model UN since his freshman year of high school, Lyric has attended or staffed almost 20 conferences, and oddly enough, still isn't tired of them. He recently served as the Secretary General of NCSC XLIV, and Under-Secretary-General for the United States National Security Apparatus at NAIMUN LIII, Georgetown’s high school conference. When he isn’t devoting his time to all things NCSC, you can find him rooting for the Yankees, playing the piano, or sleeping an unhealthily long time.