Team USA 2013: London Calling

YADL is very proud to announce the selection of the official delegation of the United States of America to the Y8 Summit in London taking place June 24-28. The competitive process culminated with the selection of a diverse and talented team representing both coasts and the heartland of the country.

The delegation is comprised of accomplished students from top universities as well as impressive young professionals from various career fields. Individually and collectively, they will present innovative policy proposals within the thematic working groups while negotiating with their international colleagues.

This is YADL’s first overseas delegation. Over the next few weeks, YADL will be preparing the team ahead of their transatlantic mission. YADL will soon announce how you can support the delegation and follow their progress on the road to London!


Jeremy is a senior at George Washington University studying international affairs and environmental studies. Currently, Jeremy works at the State Department in the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation. In his time at GW, Jeremy served as the chair of the International Affairs Society. He previously served as the EPA Administrator on the US delegation in 2012 and as the liaison between GW and YADL. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and catching up on the most recent paleontological discoveries.

ALEX HABER – Secretary of State

Alex Haber is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying political science with a concentration in international relations. Outside of classes, he is the director of UPenn’s Model United Nations team, a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, and a coordinator for PennQuest, which is a freshman pre-orientation program. He loves playing and writing music and the New York Jets.

YEVGEN SAUTIN – Secretary of Defense

Yevgen was born in Kiev, where he spent his early childhood before moving to Nagasaki, Japan and then Gainesville, Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with degrees in history, economics, and political science. While at UF, he studied abroad in China, Russia, and Taiwan. Upon graduation, Yevgen was selected to be a Junior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where he currently works in the Russia-Eurasia and Energy-Climate Change Programs.

DANE SHIKMAN – Attorney General

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Dane is a senior at Georgetown University, studying international politics. He is heavily involved in the International Relations Club and leads the highly competitive Model United Nations team. Dane served in the Arms Control, Verification and Compliance Bureau, working on US nuclear policy at the State Department. He loves playing basketball, chess, and piano, and dances bhangra, hip hop, modern and free-style.


Jordan is a young professional from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After completing his B.A. in Spanish and commerce, language & culture at Georgetown College, Jordan was selected for a State Department Fulbright binational business grant to Mexico. Jordan previously represented the United States on the youth delegation to the G8 and G20 Summits in Canada in 2010. Jordan is interested in international development through increased private sector participation and plans to pursue graduate studies in business and public policy. In his free time, Jordan enjoys visiting small towns in Mexico, playing tennis and learning about the stock market.

DREW HOLDEN – EPA Administrator

Drew is a junior at Seton Hall University studying political science and environmental studies. He is currently an intern at the Eastern Environmental Law Center and plans to attend law school. Drew has also been engaged in Model United Nations as part of the Seton Hall’s competitive team and also staffs Seton Hall’s high school conference. Outside of Model United Nations, he also serves as captain of Seton Hall’s Mock Trial A team. He is originally from Hudson, Massachusetts, where he enjoys hiking and tennis.

RACHEL BRADFORD – Chief of Staff

Rachel is currently a senior at Cornell University majoring in history. At Cornell, she is involved with the Cornell International Affairs Society as well organizes the Cornell Model United Nations Conference. Rachel served as a youth delegate to the 57th UN Commission on the Status of Women and has worked with Global Classrooms on their international middle school Model UN conference. Rachel is also a resident advisor and works with the Cornell Men’s Varsity Soccer team. Rachel is originally from Montclair, New Jersey.

KIRSTEN JACOBSEN – Press Secretary

Kirsten graduated from the University of Iowa in 2011 with degrees in journalism and political science focusing on international relations.  She is the author of the yearlong “Making it in China” series for the Des Moines Register. Following graduation, she worked briefly for the Register before moving to rural Hunan, China, to report and teach high school English. Kirsten was active in Model United Nations and her school paper throughout college. She spends her free time traveling, learning Mandarin Chinese, and reading copious amounts of news.