Jill Christianson
As a Senior Professional for International Relations with the National Education Association (NEA), Jill works to advance public education. She coordinates NEA international activities related to policy development, education union exchanges, human rights, and development projects. Jill supports NEA in its collaboration  with Education International, the global union federation that represents over 32 million educators in 172 countries. The United Nations has been a focal point of Jill’s work with NEA and Education International for more than a decade. At the UN Commission on the Status of Women, advocacy on behalf of women educators and girls’ education has been her priority. Jill has also served as a nongovernmental delegate at the UN International Migration Coordination Meeting (2016), the UN Special Session on Children, and the UN World Education Forum.  

Capacity building and women’s empowerment have been the focus of international development projects that Jill has coordinated in Indonesia, Kenya, the Republic of Congo, and regional projects in Asia Pacific and Latin America.  Jill’s leadership and advocacy rights are visible in organizations at the international, state and local levels, including the National Association for Multicultural Education.  Jill holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Communication from The American University and a bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts.

Vision statement: My rich international and education experience will enhance UNA-NCA’ s capacity. At the NEA I have opened doors with the United Nations Association, so that NEA hosts the UNA-USA  annual conference for 200+ participants. In addition to volunteering with UNA-NCA for the Model UN at the State Department, I have expanded UNA’s outreach with the Model UN App to educators from across the United States. My board leadership includes the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. With strong admiration of the UNA-NCA, I am ready to serve.