Best Delegate

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RYAN VILLANUEVA

RYAN VILLANUEVA

Co-Founder & Education Director

Ryan Villanueva is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Best Delegate. Ryan has participated in Model UN for 17 years and has attended 150+ MUN conferences. Before founding Best Delegate, Ryan worked at Goldman Sachs during the global financial crisis from 2008-2010. Ryan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Yale University.

KEVIN FELIX CHAN

KEVIN FELIX CHAN

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Kevin, also known by his initials “KFC”, is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Best Delegate. With 15+ years of Model UN experience, Kevin has taught MUN in 20+ countries and organized 10+ MUN conferences at UN Headquarters. Before founding Best Delegate, Kevin held senior management positions at AT&T in San Francisco and Atlanta. Kevin holds a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA and certificates from Cornell University and Fudan University.

LAURABETH GOLDSMITH

LAURABETH GOLDSMITH

Partnership Director

Laurabeth’s passion for Model United Nations was sparked by hearing Secretary General Ban Ki Moon speak in Washington DC at a Model UN Conference she attended in High School. Laurabeth has traveled to more than fifty countries and has taught Model United Nations in North America, Asia, Central America, and the Middle East. Laurabeth has served as a Training Director implementing programs for students and teachers abroad. Laurabeth graduated from Emory University where she studied Political Science and completed the Community Building and Social Change Fellowship.
ERIK LEIDEN

ERIK LEIDEN

Operations Director

Erik Leiden is the Director of Operations for Best Delegate, and has been participating in Model UN for 9 years. Erik is a graduate of The Ohio State University, where he studied World Politics, led the MUN team as Head Delegate, and organized OSU’s MUN conferences as Secretary-General. Erik started working with Best Delegate in 2013, and has taught Model UN in Italy, India, South Korea, Honduras, Qatar, and across the United States.
AARON KALAFARSKI

AARON KALAFARSKI

MUN Institute Manager

Aaron Kalafarski is the Customer Service Manager for the Model United Nations Institute by Best Delegate. Aaron has participated in Model UN for 9+ years at over 60 MUN conferences. Prior to Best Delegate, Aaron taught English in Ulsan, South Korea, to students between the ages of four and thirty. Aaron graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a minor in Anthropology, and a Certificate in International Relations.
CONNA WALSH

CONNA WALSH

Marketing Manager

Conna Walsh is the Marketing Manager of Best Delegate. Conna has participated in Model United Nations throughout high school and college. Prior to working for Best Delegate, Conna worked in international education, creating exchange programs between schools in the USA and China. Conna is a graduate of Cornell University.

Our Vision is “MUN for ALL”

We are working to create a world where Model United Nations is available to every student

MUN CLUBS

Students and educators should have the resources, training, and support they need to build sustainable and student-led clubs.

MUN CONFERENCES

Students and educators should have access to national and local MUN conferences that are well-organized and student-led.

MUN CLASSES

Educators should be able to use MUN in the classroom and create MUN classes that are aligned with educational standards.

MUN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Educators should have access to high quality professional development opportunities and resources, and professional learning communities.

MUN SCHOLARSHIPS

Students and educators should have access to affordable MUN experiences and the opportunity to earn scholarships for their leadership in MUN.

MUN PARTNERSHIPS

Students and educators should be able to work with the UN, NGOs, and governments to build MUN programs and impact their communities.

Our Core Values

BRING OUT THE BEST

We believe the Best Delegate brings out the best in other delegates — we aim to bring out the best in ourselves, our work, and the students and educators we train.

PASSION FOR MUN

We are passionate about Model United Nations because we know from personal experience that MUN can have a life-changing impact on students’ lives.

OPEN TO FEEDBACK

We are lifelong students — we’re always learning and striving to improve by genuinely listening to others and identifying actionable takeaways that will make our work better.

PROFESSIONALISM

We are committed to being professionals and educators, and to having high standards of excellence in our work.

LIFESTYLE DESIGN

We believe that our company should support our people, and that our work should support the lives we want to lead, not the other way around.

GLOBAL

We believe in having a global mindset that embraces and celebrates diversity.

What We Do

BESTDELEGATE.COM

Our Model UN community blog, where we feature MUN conferences and leaders from around the world, and provide useful resources for learning MUN.

MUN INSTITUTE

Our flagship summer programs for high school and middle school students and educators hosted at Harvard, Georgetown, UCLA, and Texas.

MUN EDUCATION

MUN training for schools and educational organizations, including workshops, online resources, and mentorship.

MUN PARTNERSHIPS

We partner with school districts, non-profits, governments, and education companies to organize scalable and high-impact MUN programs.

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