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Paula_Boland_Head_ShotPaula Boland is an attorney specialized in environmental law and international affairs. Although born in the United States, she received most of her academic and professional experience in Argentina. Paula worked for three years on regulatory and corporate compliance matters at the law firm of Klein & Franco in Buenos Aires. Her strong interest in the protection of the environment led her to the LL.M. program in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, from which she graduated cum laude. Following a clerkship with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the US Department of Justice, Paula assisted a number of environmental nongovernmental organizations in the development of conservation projects to be carried out in Latin America.

Paula began her journey at UNA-NCA as a volunteer where soon she was appointed Chair of the Young Professionals, providing volunteer opportunities and engaging professionals and students in dialogue on the UN and international affairs. Paula joined the UNA-NCA staff, serving first as Program Director, and then as Executive Director. Paula received the UNA-NCA Evelyn Falkowski Volunteer Service Award and the United Nations Association of the USA’s 70th Anniversary Chapter Legacy Award. She has played a significant role developing and nurturing strategic partnerships, diversifying membership and expanding program activities. Paula serves as a regional representative of the UNA-USA National Council.



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Andrew_Doll_PortraitOriginally from Ohio, Andrew is excited to serve UNA-NCA as the Managing Director of Programs & Membership.  Previously, he managed international education-exchange programs working with South African, Israeli, and Palestinian young leaders helping them develop community service, entrepreneurship, and leadership talents.

From his time with these programs, and a master’s degree from the University of Kent in Brussels, Belgium, he brings a background in international relations, cross-cultural communication, mediation, and public speaking.  Previously, he has been responsible for event management, publicity, communications, team development, and curriculum management.  He leverages these experiences while at UNA-NCA working on UNA-NCA's events, programming, membership, and operations.

Prior to joining the UNA-NCA, Andrew has over 15 years of experience attending and staffing Model UN conferences.  In his spare time he enjoys movies, music, and trying out new restaurants.



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Shayna_VayserShayna Vayser leads UNA-NCA's Advocacy team as an experienced storyteller, mobilizer, and facilitator. She earned her Master's in International Relations from American University's School of International Service, where she focused on public policy, social innovation, and global governance. Shayna has sought to integrate her background as a policy analyst and published researcher with her passion for social justice, working as a government relations liaison across various industries- from media development to refugee resettlement. She most recently served as a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Security, Innovation, and New Technology, where her work explored the role of emerging technologies in shaping criminal justice reform, access to asylum, and sustainable development. Shayna hails from Southern California and enjoys documentaries and exploring the DC arts scene. 



Senior Global Education Manager -  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

staff_jaiyaJaiya Lalla is the Senior Global Education Manager of UNA-NCA's Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) program. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University, where she focused on Security Policy and Asia. Jaiya has sought to take her passion for studying religion and apply it to the international affairs landscape, focusing specifically on the role of religion on policies in South Asia. 

In addition to previously acting as the GCDC Program Assistant and Deputy Manager, she has extensive experience in the government and local organizations, including the Senate, Peace Corps, the Department of State, the National Endowment for Democracy, and more. Jaiya hails from Southwest Florida and enjoys Bollywood dance and exploring the food and interfaith landscapes of the District.

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MG_1080  Marcelo supports the Advocacy team as the Digital Communications Associate at   UNA-NCA. After graduating with a degree in Journalism from Tennessee Technological University in 2018, he went back home to Peru to work for the United Nations Development Programme, supporting gender-based violence prevention programs through communications and international partnerships as an intern and full-time consultant. Marcelo is currently pursuing a Master’s in Strategic Communication at the George Washington University, as well as supporting higher education efforts as a Digital Strategy Fellow at the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. Born and raised in Lima, Marcelo is passionate about music and photography, and is slowly warming up to DC's restaurant scene.


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unnamed Liz is a rising junior at American Univserity, where she studies International Relations and Marketing with a concentration in Human Rights Advocacy. Outside of her studies, Liz is passionate about immigration advocacy in the United States. She has participated in and leads university-sanctioned "Alternative Breaks," centered around learning about the social and legal barriers that immigrants and asylum seekers face through engagement, discussion, and community work with border communities. She hails from Ocean City, New Jersey, where she discovered her love of surfing and photography from a young age. 


 

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 Originally from Tenessee, Elizabeth is a senior at George Washington University where she studies International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution and a minor in Peace Studies.  In addition to her studies, Elizabeth has experience working with Global Ties U.S, For the Love of Children, and TEDxFoggyBottom. Through her previous work and volunteer opportunities, Elizabeth discovered her passion for international education and is excited to work with Global Classrooms DC to learn more about global education.
 


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 Jessica is a rising junior studying International Affairs with a concentration in Asian Studies and a minor in Chinese at Georgetown University. She is originally from Durham, North Carolina, where she developed her passion for international education through volunteering with AFS-USA exchange students and subsequently studying abroad herself. She strives to use international education as a tool to promote intercultural understanding and cooperation through her work with GCDC and beyond.








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staff_kaitlynKaitlyn Torres is a graduate of Penn State where she studied Early Childhood Education with concentrations in International Studies and Spanish. She has been a classroom teacher for over three years and is currently teaching second grade at an International Baccalaureate School. In addition to teaching she is in an International Education masters program at GW. Kaitlyn has always had a passion for International Education which has stemmed her passion for this field.








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A native Marylander, Irene is a senior at Holton-Arms School in Bethesda, Maryland. At Holton, she is Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, Scribbler, and is active in Model UN, serving on the Executive Board of her school’s team. She also works to expand diversity and inclusion efforts in her community through giving presentations, facilitating conversations, and leading forums. Irene is strongly passionate about issues relating to social justice and equality, and she hopes to pursue studies in Political Science, International Relations, and History. In her free time, she enjoys producing art, binging shows on Netflix, and digging into a good book.  


Creative Design Assistant - Jolie Magenheimer
2019_Headshot Jolie is a current undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, where she majors in Architecture and   minors in Sociology. As a designer and advocate, Jolie belives design and empathy are imperative for creating equity in the world. Her experiences working within the Admissions and Alumni Offices of UVA have given her an insight into how institutions are shaping important change at all scales. Jolie also leads organizations on campus that bring together diverse voices to discuss difficult issues of identity within the UVA community. An avid guitar player and Korean BBQ aficionado, Jolie represents her Northern Virginia roots with pride. 



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Maglakelidze_Headshot Tina Maglakelidze recently graduated with her BA in International Studies from American University's School of International Service. During her undergraduate career, Tina focused her studies on Russia and Eurasia as well as on Global and Comparative Governance and Peace & Global Security. In the past, she has worked with for several foreign policy think-tanks, in the Scottish Parliament, and for a non-profit organization that helps facilitate humanitarian assistance around the world. A global citizen, Tina is a strong supporter of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, passionate about women's empowerment and inclusive education reform. Born in Moscow, Tina immigrated with her family to New Jersey in 2002 and has since made Washington, DC her home. She is excited to contribute to UNA-NCA's Advocacy team.  



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CalypsoCalypso Moschochoritis is the Program Assistant with UNA-NCA. She is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Government and Politics at the University of Maryland, with a focus on international relations.

Calypso is the President of the UNA chapter at the University of Maryland. She is a strong supporter of the UN’s mission and what it is doing to support the world. Calypso moved to the United States during her high school years, she brings with her an international perspective, thanks to her Italian and Greek roots.





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Screen_Shot_2020-06-03_at_4.27.27_PMJoshua Oh is one of the Program Assistants for the UNA-NCA. He is working towards a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at The College of New Jersey. Joshua has a passion for international relations and supports the United Nations in its mission to support the world. As a Korean American who works closely with the American Deaf community, Joshua brings a unique perspective to the conversation of global affairs and the impacts on minority populations. He intends to use the knowledge and skills acquired from this work opportunity to aid in his goal to attend law school. Joshua is also a member of the varsity swim program at his college and has a swim career spanning more than 15 years.



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Headshot_copy Ammarah Rehman joins UNA-NCA as a passionate educator and community organizer. After graduating with a Bachelor's in International Studies from American University, Ammarah taught English in Indonesia as a Fulbright ETA. She is deeply dedicated to civic engagement and facilitating dialogue about Muslim American identities. Through her previous experience at Peace Corps, National Parks Conservation Association, and Smithsonian Institution, Ammarah is interested in further exploring the field of international education and sustainable development. She enjoys all things outdoors and is always looking for places to hike. 





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loganLogan Van de Water is a Program Assistant with UNA-NCA. From Warrenton, Virginia, she attends the University of Virginia with intended majors in Government and Spanish with a minor in Leadership and Public Policy. Outside of the classroom, Logan is the Vice President of her university's chapter of College Mentors for Kids, an Interntaional Student Buddy, and a volunteer at the UVA Center for Politics. She has experience working on political campaigns as well as in the non-profit sector and is passionate about advocating UN principals on an international level. In her free time, Logan loves culinary arts and has a degree from a Spanish cooking academy.



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picSince college, Henry has taken a circuitous journey towards a career in international relations, working with non-profits, civic startups, and political campaigns. Most recently, Henry completed a master’s degree in international affairs from American University while interning with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the United States Senate, and the United States Department of State. Eager to apply his background in program management and stakeholder relations within the international context, Henry is excited to work with the UNA-NCA program team.