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. With 18 years of Model UN experience, Ryan leads Best Delegate’s Model UN teacher training and certification programs. He works on aligning Model UN with education standards, including Common Core, International Baccalaureate, 21st Century Learning, and Global Citizenship Education. Ryan advises the United Nations, governments, NGOs, school districts, and educational organizations on how to create Model UN programs.

KEVIN FELIX CHAN

KEVIN FELIX CHAN

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Ryan Villanueva is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Best Delegate. With 18 years of Model UN experience, Ryan leads Best Delegate’s Model UN teacher training and certification programs. He works on aligning Model UN with education standards, including Common Core, International Baccalaureate, 21st Century Learning, and Global Citizenship Education. Ryan advises the United Nations, governments, NGOs, school districts, and educational organizations on how to create Model UN programs.

LAURABETH GOLDSMITH

LAURABETH GOLDSMITH

Partnership Director

Ryan Villanueva is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Best Delegate. With 18 years of Model UN experience, Ryan leads Best Delegate’s Model UN teacher training and certification programs. He works on aligning Model UN with education standards, including Common Core, International Baccalaureate, 21st Century Learning, and Global Citizenship Education. Ryan advises the United Nations, governments, NGOs, school districts, and educational organizations on how to create Model UN programs.

ERIK LEIDEN

ERIK LEIDEN

Operations Director

Ryan Villanueva is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Best Delegate. With 18 years of Model UN experience, Ryan leads Best Delegate’s Model UN teacher training and certification programs. He works on aligning Model UN with education standards, including Common Core, International Baccalaureate, 21st Century Learning, and Global Citizenship Education. Ryan advises the United Nations, governments, NGOs, school districts, and educational organizations on how to create Model UN programs.

AARON KALAFARSKI

AARON KALAFARSKI

MUN Institute Manager

Ryan Villanueva is the Co-Founder and Education Director of Best Delegate. With 18 years of Model UN experience, Ryan leads Best Delegate’s Model UN teacher training and certification programs. He works on aligning Model UN with education standards, including Common Core, International Baccalaureate, 21st Century Learning, and Global Citizenship Education. Ryan advises the United Nations, governments, NGOs, school districts, and educational organizations on how to create Model UN programs.

CONNA WALSH

CONNA WALSH

Marketing Manager

Conna is the Marketing Manager of Best Delegate. In her current position, Conna draws on her 10+ years of Model UN experience to help families around the world connect with Best Delegate and the MUN Institute. She also manages the Best Delegate Media Team, which is comprised of 25+ members of the global MUN community who write articles and blog posts for Best Delegate, the MUN Institute, and MUN Education.

 
Katrina Stevenson

Katrina Stevenson

MUN Institute Manager

Katrina Stevenson is the Operations Manager for Best Delegate. As an Operations Manager, Katrina sources vendors, manages logistical details, and helps supervise on-site programs, including the Best Delegate MUN Institute and other Best Delegate programs. In addition, throughout the year she serves as an MUN Mentor for middle school and high school students.  

 

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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