Yale Model Congress, a registered 501(c)(3), was founded in 1993 by a group of Yale undergraduates who hoped to foster an appreciation for American democracy in high school students and inspire them to be active citizens. For 25 years, we have furthered this mission by hosting hundreds of delegates from across the country for a unique educational experience unlike that received in a traditional classroom setting. At the conference, delegates assume the responsibilities of our elected officials and attempt to address our nation’s most pressing issues.
Yale Model Congress is planned, led, and executed by current Yale undergraduates who either serve in administrative positions on its Board or who lead a committee during the conference. For many of us, this is our way of giving current high school students an experience that was incredibly formative to us during our own time in high school.
Meet the 2019-2020 YMC Board:
Born and raised in New York City, Eli is a senior at Yale studying Economics and Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. He is thrilled to be serving as President of YMC 2019 after participating as a delegate in high school and serving as a board member for the past three conferences. Beyond YMC, Eli serves as Chief Science Officer of Simplex Sciences, Yale's student-run biotech startup, and spends too much time in lab trying to edit yeast genomes with varying degrees of success. This summer, Eli is working at the Boston Consulting Group in New York; when not doing science or managing YMC’s budget, he likes playing poker and running (albeit slowly).
Sam is a senior majoring in Chemistry and potentially Physics (don’t hold him to it) from Memphis Tennessee. When he isn’t busy promoting democracy through educating the youth, Sam can normally be found rock climbing with buddies in local parks like West Rock or Ragged mountain or playing Minecraft on a totally sick modded server. Over the summer Sam will be doing computational chemistry research in New Haven and climbing tons of cliffs.
Arielle is a junior at Yale University from Scarsdale, New York majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. Outside of YMC, Arielle is co-President of Yale MedSci, an organization that teaches health and science lessons at local elementary schools and is active in the Independent Party of the Yale Political Union, a debate group on campus. Over the summer, Arielle researched the role of the innate immune system in red blood cell alloimmunization in the Eisenbarth lab at the Yale School of Medicine. In her free time, Arielle loves reading science fiction novels, playing Cards Against Humanity, and exploring theme parks.
Mauro is a junior at Yale University from Branford, Connecticut majoring in Chemical Engineering. Outside of Model Congress, he is part of the Yale Entrepreneurial Society, where he is working to bring exciting and innovative speakers to campus. And this past summer, he did research on how to grow atomically thin layers of silicon dioxide on irregularly shaped nanoparticles in the Altman lab here at Yale. In his free time, Mauro likes to cook, play piano and drive go-karts.
Michelle hails from Ames, Iowa and is a senior at Yale University double majoring in Economics and Political Science. Aside from being the Director of Legislation for Yale Model Congress, Michelle is an alto singer with Pitches & Tones A Cappella and Co-President of Branford College Council. Michelle spent the 2019 summer in DC doing Human Capital Consulting for the government with Deloitte. You can find Michelle walking around campus, as the last person on campus who still plays Pokémon Go.
Rina is from South Florida and is a junior at Yale double majoring in Political Science and Urban Studies. In addition to YMC, Rina serves as Director of Marketing for the Yale Animal Welfare Alliance, Social chair for the MonstRAASity Dance Team, and is an Dwight Hall Urban Fellow interning with LEAP New Haven. In her free time, she enjoys eating, making music playlists, and watching Game of Thrones.
Conrad is a sophomore from East Lyme, CT, and is a prospective Political Science/Biology double major. Apart from his work as Director of Operations for YMC, he is involved with Yale College Democrats and Students for Carbon Dividends, a nationwide student coalition lobbying for a bipartisan, revenue-neutral federal carbon tax plan; this summer, Conrad is working in DC on congressional engagement for the future passage of this legislation. In his free time, Conrad enjoys playing soccer, listening to records, and skiing.
Jackson is a sophomore in Ezra Stiles College from Alexandria, Virginia. At Yale, he studies Global Affairs and is learning Persian. Besides serving as Treasurer for Yale Model Congress, Jackson works in his college buttery and chairs for Yale Model United Nations. In his free time, he enjoys to cook and play frisbee on Yale’s Club Ultimate team.
Connor is a sophomore at Yale University studying Economics and Political Science originally from Devon, Pennsylvania. In addition to being the Director of Communications for Yale Model Congress, Connor is also the publisher of The Politic, Yale’s political review magazine, an active member of the Yale Political Union’s Independent Party, and a player on the club squash team. Connor spent the 2019 Summer at the beach. In his free time, you can find Connor spending time with friends or cheering on his beloved Philadelphia sports teams.
Hubert is from Norridge, Illinois and is a sophomore at Yale University. He is studying History and Economics. Besides being the Director of Events for Yale Model Congress, he does legislative advocacy for Every Vote Counts, a student activist group that promotes fair and equal voting laws, and writes film reviews. In his free time, Hubert likes to read, go on long, aimless walks, and swim.
Caroline is a sophomore at Yale University from St. Louis, Missouri majoring in Economics. She is excited to be on the board for Yale Model Congress this year. Caroline is also a Midshipman 3/C in the Yale Naval ROTC battalion. This summer, Caroline spent 4 weeks in San Diego at CORTRAMID to learn about the Navy’s different communities she can join after commissioning as an Ensign when she graduates. During her free time, she enjoys watching TV, taking naps, or if she’s at home, hanging out with her dog.