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President - Paula Boland

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.



Managing Director of Programs & Membership - Andrew B. Doll

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.



Managing Director of Advocacy & Policy Strategy - Shayna Vayser

1606073250302Shayna 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 - Jaiya Lalla

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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UNA-NCA Program Coordinator - Henry Webster-Mellon

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 programs and membership team.


Digital Communications Associate - Marcelo Gonzales Montoya

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.

 

Creative Design Lead - 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. 

 

Creative Design Assistant - Tiffany Bui

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Thy (Tiffany) Bui is an international student from Vietnam. She is currently a senior at George Mason University, majoring in Graphic Design. Besides doing some freelance work, Tiffany has also worked as a graphic designer for GMU College of Education and Human Development, and GMU Business Services Department.

This summer, Tiffany had a great time completing her Digital/ Graphic Design Internship at Cls’s Strategies, a public affairs agency in DC. She is a detail-oriented person with a strong passion for art and design, and she wants to use design to best translate ideas into visual communication.


Senior Advocacy Assistant - Olivia Meade

1lUVA6Qka8C9xQhWykt_5WgOlivia is a current first-year graduate student at American University working towards a Master’s degree in International Affairs: U.S Foreign Policy and National Security, with a concentration in Middle East studies. She became passionate about International Affairs through my undergrad courses at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.

During her undergraduate studies, Olivia was able to conduct research ranging from diversity and inclusion within her major to writing a thesis pertaining to citizen’s perception of terrorism and economics and the effectiveness of foreign spending within Middle Eastern countries.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys exploring D.C parks, trying out new coffee shops, and learning new recipes while she takes classes from home.

Advocacy Assistant - Elizabeth "Liz" Jackson
89819617_1232241793652790_6083899295944146944_n_2 Liz is the Advocacy Assistant and Digital Advocacy Lead at UNA-NCA. She 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. 



 

Senior Research Assistant - Ceyda Guleryuz 

 1p3FfqHVwOchVZT0Hg8_UrgCeyda Guleryuz is a junior at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service studying International Politics and Economy and receiving a certificate in Diplomatic Studies. She is passionate about human rights and diplomacy and throughout her studies, she interned with various international human rights organizations and worked as a community organizer with Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice.

She is dedicated to advocate for human rights and exploring the field of International Law and Politics. Born and raised in Turkey, she has since called New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. her home. With her many identities, as a Muslim, multilingual, coffee-enthusiast, and an outdoorswoman, she is always looking to connect with people from all backgrounds and identities and learn about their stories.


Senior Research Assistant - Charmine Osore

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Charmine joins the Advocacy team as a Research Assistant. She is currently a senior at Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Political Science. Her studies focus on conflict resolution and mediation, particularly in Sub-Saharan African and the Middle East. She also hopes to conduct research on the regional dynamics of armed conflicts.

On campus, Charmine engages with United Nations initiatives as a leader of WashU’s International Relations Council. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new cuisines and doing crossword puzzles. Charmine was raised in Bethesda, Maryland but maintains a strong connection to her East African culture.



Research Assistant - Marwah Adhoob

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Marwah is the Research Assistant for UNA-NCA. She recently graduated from American University with a Bachelor’s in Justice and Law and is an aspiring human rights lawyer.

As an Iraqi immigrant, she hopes to focus her legal career on advancing women’s rights in the Middle East. Other research interests include prison reform and labor rights. She is excited to support the UN’s mission and contribute to UNA-NCA’s goals. In her free time, she enjoys going for long runs, traveling, and exploring new coffee shops in the DMV area. 






Research Assistant - Jerome Williams

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Jerome Williams is a senior at the George Washington University studying International Affairs with a concentration in Comparative Political, Economic, and Social Systems. He is a proud Michigander and Detroiter that loves to talk about his state and city’s history. Jerome passionately believes that the best solutions for any community comes from the people within it, and is strengthened through celebration and inclusion of the community’s diversity. He is also a self-proclaimed epicure that is always looking for new recipes and restaurants to try.




SDG-NCA Research Lead - 
Rebecca Contreras
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Rebecca Contreras is a recent graduate of Davidson College, with a dual degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies. Her academic coursework focused on conflict resolution, human rights and development in Latin America. She has extensive in-country research experience examining the impacts of transitional justice and peacebuilding, and modes of dispute resolution in Guatemala and Colombia. Born and raised in Guatemala, Rebecca is committed to advancing human rights and equity in the region. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys cooking, long runs and traveling.


SDG-NCA Research Lead - Maya Luong
1tjMeq7iWlnjl6ckDC75XMwMaya is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies Political Science, with an emphasis in International Relations, with the hopes of working in international relations and development in the future.Maya is deeply passionate about human rights and is excited to join the UNA-NCA Advocacy Team as Research Lead to bring the United Nations’ work to the top of the United States agenda. Maya first became aware of the United Nations’ work during her childhood in Vietnam, where she was exposed to the vast inequities that exist in developing economies and their intersections with globalization. Believing that there is tremendous potential in international cooperation, Maya hopes to use her experience in marketing and policy research to further the UNA-NCA’s mission during her time here.



SDG-NCA Research Lead - 
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A recent graduate from the College of William & Mary, Shivani completed her BA in Public Policy with a minor in Global Education.

Spending a semester studying sustainable development in India sparked her passion in international development. She seeks to merge creativity — using digital and written storytelling mediums — with social impact programming and SDG research.













Legislative Assistant -
 Cade Shore
1RZO6aZWVeMRMgcOGLR0JAwCade Shore is a rising senior at Georgetown University majoring in Government and minoring in History. As a member of the school’s Government Honors Program, he specializes in European affairs and foreign policy.

Outside of the classroom, Cade enjoys staffing Model UN conferences with the Georgetown International Relations Club, doing graphic design for the Voice Magazine, and performing with his improv team. He is incredibly excited to be joining UNA-NCA as a Legislative Assistant. 
 

Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - Ayooluwa Akintayo

staff_ayooluwaAyooluwa Akintayo is a sophomore at George Washington University, studying International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and Africa and a minor in Film Studies and Creative Writing. At GW, she is the Co-Founder of the African Development Initiative, a professional student organization that mobilizes students interested in African development. Her past experiences in research, advocacy, and content creation have laid the foundation for future work in various creative and political endeavors. Born and raised in New York, valuing quality education and global awareness came second nature and directly coincides with her current work as a Program Assistant with GCDC.




Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - Celine Kusnadi

Celine_KusnadiCeline is a recent graduate from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a Business Administration minor. She was born and raised in Indonesia and came to the U.S. to pursue her passion for diplomacy and the international development field. Before joining the GCDC team , Celine worked with the State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program to advocate for citizen diplomacy in a local non-profit in Des Moines, Iowa. She has also worked for an economic development organization, as well as in a think tank, both of which are based in D.C. Celine enjoys meeting new people and exploring new places. She is excited to advocate and support the GCDC team as their program assistant!



Global Classrooms DC Program Analyst - Chao Wang

Chao_WangChao Wang is a recent graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), with a graduate degree in International Development and Development Economics, as well as an undergraduate degree in international politics at Peking University. Chao has a keen enthusiasm for child development, gender equity, economic development, and macroeconomic policy in emerging markets. Before joining the GCDC team, Chao has been involved in multiple international organizations and research institutes, including Save the Children, Harvard Graduate School of Education, World Wildlife Fund, where she was responsible for program management, M&E, desk research, and data analysis work. 

Originally from China, Chao has a strong interest in cross-cultural communication and has a desire to share her past internship and volunteer experience in Cambodia, Indonesia, and rural China. In her free time, Chao enjoys cooking different cuisines, traveling, and playing sports (basketball, badminton, tennis, etc.).




Global Classrooms DC Youth Intern - Steve Mirabello
unnamedSteve Mirabello is a senior at School Without Walls High School in Washington D.C. After participating in the Finland-U.S. Future Leaders exchange and the Bank of America Student Leaders program, he hopes to pursue his interests in international relations and education policy in college. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys competing with the Model United Nations and Ethics Teams, tutoring underserved students in the Reading Club, and running cross country and track. A former student Secretary-General for GCDC's Annual Spring Model United Nations Conference at the U.S. Department of State, he's excited to be back working with UNA-NCA!









UNA-NCA Program Assistant - Calypso Moschochoritis 

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.





UNA-NCA Program Assistant - Danielle Black

bio_picDanielle is currently a Junior at Ohio Wesleyan University. She studies Political Science and Pre- Law, with minors in Religion (with a focus on Islamic Studies) and History. Danielle is deeply passionate about woman’s rights and gender equality and is excited to join UNA-NCA as a program assistant. While at Ohio Wesleyan, Danielle founded the university’s College Democrat chapter, became the Vice President of the Model United Nations club, and played an integral role in Ohio Wesleyan’s “Mock Convention.” In her free time, Danielle plays clarinet in the University’s Marching and Pep Bands.