DEAREST DELEGATES,

Welcome to Harvard Model Congress, and welcome to Presidential Cabinet!

The Presidential Cabinet is one of the most powerful and influential institutions in U.S. politics, and you should be proud to serve as one of its members. The Presidential Cabinet takes on issues across the policy spectrum, as it advises the president on whatever legislation arrives on his (or her!) desk. You never know what topic will come up for debate, so take this opportunity to diversify your understanding of today’s most pressing domestic and international issues! By actively engaging in the sensitive and hugely impactful issues that the Presidential Cabinet deals with on a daily basis, you are putting yourself in the shoes of some of the most distinguished people in global politics today. 

We encourage you invest enough time in research so you can accurately convey their positions and be really thoughtful on how you would tackle some of the most pressing issues before the President of the United States of America. Some of the best HMC moments occur when we really get into our roles and treat these issues as if we were really responsible for coming up with policy solutions. Our goal throughout this entire process is for all of you to walk away with great leadership experience and new respect for a career in public service.

Now a few words about your chairs:

Your first chair is Archana Somasegar, a senior from Seattle concentrating in Economics with a secondary in Mind, Brain and Behavior. I’m especially interested in the intersection between neuroscience and economics as well as public policy research on benefits of increasing female labor force participation, which explains my participation in HMC! Outside the classroom I sing a cappella on campus, write for our satire magazine on campus, and love to play soccer whenever I can!

Your next chair is Danielle Foltz, a sophomore from outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania hoping to concentrate in History of Science with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. I also chair the Presidential Cabinet committee for HMC Boston, and am very excited to be joining HMC Dubai this year! I'm hoping to go to medical school after college, but I am a part of HMC because I also value the importance of politics in society, from its role in public health and medicine, to the power the executive branch holds and yields.  In my spare time, I am a part of Harvard's radio station, and enjoy ceramics and pottery! 

Feel free to reach out at any time if you have a question or just want to introduce yourself. We can’t wait for HMCME 2017, and we look forward to meeting all of you soon!

All the best,

Archana Somasegar and Danielle Foltz