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 rising junior 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 blogs for the Harvard College Women’s Center, and love to play soccer whenever I can!

Your next chair is Savannah Miles, also a rising junior. Born in raised in small town Alabama, I’m concentrating in Social Studies with a focus on Poverty and Race in the Rural South. After spending a summer interning in the House and watching the presidential campaign play out over the past year, I wanted to chair PresCab because I am fascinated by the tremendous power the office of the president has over the legislative process. For fun I DJ for Harvard’s radio station, cook elaborate meals for my friends, and camp and hike as much as possible.

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 2016, and we look forward to meeting all of you soon!

All the best,

Archana Somasegar and Savannah Miles