Samantha Raggio
Secretary General

Samantha is a senior majoring in International Relations with a minor in Statistics. She has a passion for Model UN and has participated in the activity since middle school. Samantha has competed on the AU Model UN Team since her freshman year, and has served as a Chair for AmeriMUNC VI, Chief of Staff for AmeriMUNC V, and Charge D’Affairs for WIRC VI. Samantha is so excited to serve as Secretary General and to pass on her love for both international relations and Model UN to a younger generation of students. She hopes that all students attending AmeriMUNC experience personal and academic growth, as well has have fun while pushing themselves outside their comfort zone and exploring important topics.


Megan Ross
Chief of Staff

Megan is a junior in the School of International Service. She is also pursuing a minor in Spanish and a certificate in Community-Based Research. Megan served as the Director of External Affairs for AmeriMUNC VI and as the chair of the Press Corps for AmeriMUNC V. Originally from Edina, MN, she participated in Model UN throughout high school. She currently interns at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. On campus, Megan is a member of the 2018-19 Olson Scholars cohort and is conducting research on immigration and health discourses. She a sister of the Epsilon Theta chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi and, when she’s actually on campus, can be found drinking iced coffee even in the winter. Megan is so excited to be involved with her third AmeriMUNC!! 



Rachel Pederson
Director General 

Rachel is a junior studying International Relations with a focus on Environmental Studies and French at American University. She is originally from Edina, Minnesota where she was very active on her high school’s Model UN team. She is a new member of the Lambda Eta chapter of Sigma Kappa Sorority, a swim instructor for kids and dog walker. Outside of school and work, Rachel loves talking about sharks, Minnesota, Kevin Durant and music. She served as a Crisis Analyst for the French Cabinet for AmeriMUNC V, Director of Simulations for WIRC VI and Crisis Director for the Philippines National Police during AmeriMUNC VI. She is beyond excited to be serving on this years Secretariat and cannot wait for February!



Jack Quinn
Simulation Director

Jack is a junior in the American University School of Public Affairs pursuing a major in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG). He is from the city of Chicago, Illinois, where he participated in Model UN throughout high school, including two years as a head delegate. Jack is currently a member of the AU Model United Nations team and served previously as the AmeriMUNC VI Simulation Director. In his free time, Jack enjoys studying history, following Chicago sports teams, and watching Game of Thrones seasons on repeat. Jack is excited for an amazing conference and is looking forward to welcoming delegates to AmeriMUNC VI!



Brindha Kodlapur
Director of External Affairs

Brindha is a second year student pursuing a major in International Relations with a minor in Finance. She has been actively involved in competing and chairing conferences throughout high school, and is extremely excited to continue this passion in college. Outside of MUN, she can be found dancing for her school’s Bhangra team, drinking many White Mocha Lattes and going on many midnight monumenting adventures. Brindha is extremely excited to serve on the secretariat for AmeriMUNC VII and cannot wait to welcome all the delegates!


Lauren Newton
Chief Operations Officer

Lauren is a sophomore at American University where she is studying economics and political science. She is from Cheshire, Connecticut where she participated in political debate throughout high school in Junior of America and stayed active throughout her community. Lauren served on the logistical team at AmeriMUNC VI where she found her passion for the organization. On campus, Lauren is a sister within Phi Mu and serves as the Deputy Treasurer. On a typical weekday you may find her studying in the Bridge coffee shop at American University. Outside of school, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking and going to the beach. She is thrilled to be working with the secretariat team to plan an incredible AmeriMUNC VII.



Ian Florek
Director of Financial Operations

Ian is a sophomore majoring in Business Administration. While originally from New York City, he went on to live internationally in Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Poland before coming back to the United States for college. Ian's first got involved with Model United Nations (MUN) in middle school and continued with it for the next eight years. Since coming to American University (AU), Ian has furthered his involvement with MUN by joining the AU MUN Team, serving as a Crisis Director at the Washington International Relations Conference (WIRC), and by serving as an Assistant Crisis Director at AmeriMUNC. Outside of MUN Ian enjoys traveling, working and spending time with friends and family. He very much looks forward to a successful and enjoyable conference. 



Emily Devereaux
Director of Education

Emily Devereaux is a sophomore from Gloucester City, NJ. She studies in the School of International Service, focusing on global health and the Middle East. She also studies on the pre-medicine track with a minor in economics. Emily is on the Model United Nations team at AU and looks forward to serving AmeriMUNC as the Director of Education. Her favorite part about AmeriMUNC is seeing all of the delegates be academically challenged and how they thrive under these conditions, and she can only hope to help make this educational activity more challenging, engaging, and exciting. On her sparse free time, you can find Emily scouring the streets of DC searching for the perfect gluten-free bagel (while complaining about gluten-free options accordingly) and reading about history. To relax, she plays Pokemon Go! (for some reason unbeknownst to many)