Sumaia Masoom

Sumaia Masoom is a senior studying Social Policy and Political Science from Platteville, WI. Outside of NUMUN, she is the former Associated Student Government Co-Vice President for Student Life and a member of the Muslim Cultural Students Association. She has previously been a writer for several campus publications currently blogs for The Huffington Post. This is Sumaia’s fourth year in NUMUN; she has previously been a Vice Chair for two years, and was last year’s Director of Outreach.

Michael Pattis
Chief of Staff

Michael is a senior at Northwestern studying Political Science and History. He has been a part of Model UN as a delegate and staffer for 7 years. In addition to his duties at NUMUN, Michael is also an amateur stand-up comedian and can often be found at open mics around the city of Chicago.

Ariel Sheffey
Director of Content

Ariel is a sophomore from Highland Park, Illinois studying English, Political Science, and Legal Studies. She is currently the NUMUN Director of Content, and she previously served as the moderator for U.S. Senate. Outside of NUMUN, Ariel is involved with Northwestern Hillel, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Illuminate Mentorship Program.

Grant Papastefan
Director of Logistics

Originally from Lake Forest, Illinois, Grant Papastefan is a junior in the Bienen School of Music, studying Voice & Opera Performance and Political Science. After staffing NUMUN for the past two years as a Vice Chair in UNIDO and Chair of the ICJ, Grant is excited to take on a new role as Director of Logistics for NUMUN XV. Outside of NUMUN, Grant is the Vice President of NU College Republicans, a chair for Chicago International Model United Nations, and is involved in Greek life.

Kate Schlough
Director of Registration

Kate is a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in French Language. Outside of NUMUN, she is a Co-Chair of the Political Science Undergraduate Council and a Student Advisory Board Representative for the department. Kate calls the San Francisco Bay Area home, and in her free time she can usually be found reading, walking by the lake, or petting other people's dogs.

Marco Laudati
Director of Simulation

Marco is a sophomore studying Economics and Political Science from Lincolnshire, Illinois. Beyond serving as NUMUN’s Director of Simulation, He is also involved in College Republicans and Northwestern Capital Management. In his free time, Marco enjoys following current events and financial markets, as well as supporting his favorite European soccer team, Lazio.

Julia Esparza
Director of Outreach

Originally from Mokena Illinois, Julia Esparza is a sophomore in the Medill School of Journalism, studying Journalism, Russian, and Political Science. Aside from serving as NUMUN’s Director of Outreach, Julia plays club water polo, writes for The Daily Northwestern and is a member of Best Buddies. She spends her free time baking, and is known to make a mean chocolate cookie.

Jack Byrne
Director of Technology

Jack is a sophomore, pre-med history major in Northwestern's Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. In addition to serving as NUMUN’s Director of Technology, he is also involved in the Northwestern Jewish Theatre Ensemble and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity. In what little free time he enjoys, he can usually be found sleeping or fixing his car.

Helen Burkhardt
Director of Finance

Helen has attended NUMUN as a delegate, Vice Chair, Crisis Staffer, and Chair. She now finds herself on Secretariat as the Director of Finance. When Helen isn't crunching numbers or designing budgets, she is pitching stocks as a Vice President of Northwestern's Investment Management Group, fighting goblins in a D&D campaign, or researching monetary policy for Northwestern's Federal Reserve Challenge Team. She is very excited to see what brilliant solutions the delegates come up with during conference!

Michelle David
Director of Competition

Michelle studies political science, economics, and environmental policy with the hopes of pursuing a career related to environmental sustainability and international development. She has previously been a Moderator for UNESCAP and Chair for the UNEP. Beyond MUN, she enjoys working as a manager for Northwestern's Norris Student Center and volunteering through her service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega. In addition to dreaming about the warm weather in her hometown of Atlanta, you can find her frequently updating her podcast playlist, listening to the Chili Peppers, or eating Cheez-Its