Wayne Pieringer
Wayne Pieringer is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel with an extensive background in government, legislative and international affairs. During 2011-12, he served as the Senior Military Advisor and Chief-of-Staff for Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He’s a senior AF pilot who commanded strategic airlift aircraft, and was the Chief of Airlift Operations at the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York from 1991-93, where he orchestrated air support for numerous peacekeeping missions. He also served as Assistant Country Director for China in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he helped formulate policy and execute military-to-military relations with the Peoples Republic of China. He was a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate advising on defense and trade issues, and also served as the Air Force’s Legislative Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives where he informed Congress on defense programs. Pieringer holds a Bachelor’s degree from the USAF Academy, and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, where he gained proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and was a Phillip Merrill Fellow. He earned a second Master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College.

Vision Statement: I developed a deep appreciation for what the United Nations can accomplish in conflict zones around the globe as I planned and implemented airlift support for Peacekeeping missions in the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Somalia and others. In an increasingly unstable world vulnerable to asymmetric threats, I believe in the importance of reforming Peacekeeping operations, ensuring accountability, and fully funding the United Nations and its programs to help alleviate conflict and prevent humanitarian crises. I want to take an active leadership role supporting and advocating for the global policy objectives of the United Nations Association to promote a strong and effective United Nations.