Melissa Kaplan - VP Advocacy
Melissa Kaplan serves as Advocacy Officer with Action Against Hunger.  In this role, she manages advocacy with the U.S. Congress and Administration on a portfolio including food security, nutrition, water/sanitation/hygiene, and appropriations, in addition to providing support to AAH’s advocacy missions overseas.  Prior to joining AAH, Melissa was Senior Manager for Policy and Government Affairs at Women Thrive Worldwide, working on women's economic opportunity, food security, and foreign assistance reform.  She has also worked at InterAction as Advocacy Manager, lobbying on issues including foreign assistance and appropriations, and held the position of Deputy Director of Government Relations at Citizens for Global Solutions.  In this role, she managed CGS's congressional outreach on issues including UN funding, genocide prevention, and the International Criminal Court, coordinated the Washington Working Group on the ICC (WICC) and managed the Global Solutions PAC.  She also worked for six years at the Society for Women's Health Research, where she focused on health, science, and appropriations issues.  Melissa holds an Msc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics, an MA in Political Management from the George Washington University, and a BA in Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

Vision statement: Over the next two years, I want to build on the recent growth and momentum in UNA-NCA's advocacy work.  It will be important to increase our advocacy outreach efforts and hill presence to inform and educate congressional offices about the work of the UN and our organization, and issues important to the UN's future.  I want to continue to build up the newly revitalized Advocacy Committee and get more members engaged in its activities. Finally, I want to keep training new advocates in the DC/VA/MD area and continue collaborating with BWC on targeted congressional outreach.  I believe that by doing all of these things, we can raise our advocacy to new heights of effectiveness in the next few years.

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