Farah Eck

Farah is the Senior Director, UNA-USA and within this role she manages UNA-USA’s national  programs and events, including the annual Global Engagement Summit at UN Headquarters, Global Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., and UN Day events across the country. Farah brings with her 7+ years of experience as a UNA-USA volunteer, both as a Chapter President (UNA-Chicago) and Board Member, and as UNA-USA National Council Member for the Great Lakes Region.

Prior to her current position at the UN Foundation, Farah oversaw the global membership division for Lions Clubs International (LCI), the world’s largest organization dedicated to improving communities through volunteer service. Farah’s background is in fundraising, organizational capacity building, communications, and stakeholder engagement. Before LCI, Farah served as the alumni and volunteer relations director of the Young African Leadership Initiative Regional Leadership Center East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

Other previous roles include Executive Director of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance, work with international alumni on behalf of the University of Chicago, consulting for a variety of nonprofits ranging from social service agencies to higher education institutions, and fundraising for children’s health and wellness organizations.

Farah is a global citizen who was born of a Pakistani father, American mother, and has lived and worked in 32 countries. Farah has coauthored a children’s cookbook and nutritional guide, Freddy, Fork it Over!, and is currently penning a children’s storybook based upon oral Kenyan folklore. She has a BA in advertising from Bradley University, a MA in communications and graduate certificate in nonprofit management from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and a MA in international relations and conflict resolution from American Public University.