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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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Manager of Growth Initiatives - Henry Webster-Mellon

picHenry Webster-Mellon is UNA-NCA's Manager of Growth Initiatives, responsible for both UNA-NCA’s development portfolio and various cross-functional initiatives that enhance organizational capacity and programmatic impact. Henry also serves as an advisor to UNA-NCA's Graduate Fellows Program. Henry recently completed a Master's in International Affairs at American University. While in graduate school, Henry completed internships with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the United States Senate, and the Department of State. Prior to graduate school, Henry spent several years working with civic startups, political campaigns, and nonprofits. 

Senior Research Coordinator - Charmine Osore

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Charmine serves as the Senior Research Coordinator for UNA-NCA's Advocacy team. 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 Africa 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.







SDG-NCA Research Lead - 
Rebecca Contreras

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Rebecca Contreras is a 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 - Shivani Gupta
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A 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.













Senior Research Analyst - Torre Ippolito

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Torre Ippolito is a current second-year master’s student in a dual degree program with American University’s School of International Service and the United Nations University for Peace in International Affairs & Natural Resources and Sustainable Development. Her professional and research interests are primarily in the field of food systems and food security. Most recently Torre completed her master’s capstone working with a professor and team of students supporting a variety of Costa Rican organizations that are confronting the environmental and economic impacts of export-based industrial agriculture. She hails from Florida where she first became familiar with food studies while working with a non-profit farming organization. She is excited to be working with the UNA-NCA Advocacy team.






Senior Research Analyst - 
Raphael Piliero 

RaphaelRaphael Piliero is a recent graduate of Georgetown University with a BA in government. For the past three years, he has served as Director of Content for DebateDrills, a high school debate coaching consulting company. As member of the Georgetown Policy Debate Team, he and his partner were ranked as a top 16 team in the nation after a season debating the intricacies of outer space policy. This culminated in his co-authoring a study report for the Nonproliferation Education Center (NPEC) introducing the concept of warning zones in outer space. Raphael also has several publications on domestic political issues for the Political Wire. He previously served as a legislative intern for the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was an invited participant for a 2020 NPEC-ABA Space Policy Conference.



Senior Research Assistant - Neval Mulaomerovic

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Neval Mulaomerovic is a freshman at Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, intending to major in International Politics. Though her family is from Bosnia and Herzegovina, she was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her Bosnian heritage fostered an early interest in peace and conflict studies, with her authoring a research project at Santa Clara University examining post-war education reform in what is now former Yugoslavia. Neval is deeply passionate about immigration reform and has spent much of her time in the Bay Area volunteering in support of refugee and immigrant rights. In her free time, Neval loves hiking, tennis, and trying her hand at new languages.

Digital Advocacy Coordinator - Elizabeth "Liz" Jackson

89819617_1232241793652790_6083899295944146944_n_2 Liz is the Digital Advocacy Coordinator at UNA-NCA, having previously served as Advocacy Assistant and Digital Advocacy Lead. She is a rising senior 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.


Digital Communications Associate - Marcelo Gonzales Montoya
MG_1080Marcelo 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 - Tiffany Bui

1ttHGmFj47o_3oheFzxMJwAThy (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.

Advocacy Officer - Nadjad Nikabou Salifou

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With a Master of Science in Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Development Studies from the University of Virginia, Nadjad seeks to bridge the world of business & sustainable development practices. In general, she has always had a passion for sustainability as she worked for non-governmental organizations with a focus on global humanitarian aid. One of which was the International Rescue Committee from 2016 to 2018, which helps facilitate the settlement of refugees in the United States. Later in 2018, she interned for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) in Geneva, Switzerland, to support the development of the first Treaty on Business & Human Rights. Her experience at the ICJ inspired her to continue developing sustainable business models leading to her own social venture, Adalci Coffee & Co. Adalci ("Ah Dah L Chee") is designed to import and sell the coffee of Togolese farmers in the U.S. while increasing their income. Outside of corporate social responsibility, she holds a deep appreciation for holistic approaches to development as she spent the summers of 2017 & 2018 exploring the health barriers of Togolese newborns by interviewing mothers and neonatal units' personnel on their perceived challenges.

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 - Emma Marszalek

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Emma Marszalek is a junior at the George Washington University studying International Affairs with concentrations in international economics and development and a minor in French. Deeply passionate about human rights and sustainable development, she has interned with international development organizations and conducted research on the SDGs. When not working, she plays clarinet in and serves as Vice President of the GW Bands Wind Ensemble and C-Brass Pep Band.







Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - 
Aashiyana Patel
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Aashiyana Patel is a sophomore at the George Washington University, studying International Affairs and Finance. At GW, she is involved in No Lost Generation and GlobeMed where she pursues her passion for promoting youth education.

In her free time, she enjoys watching basketball and trying out new coffee shops. She is excited to join the GCDC team as a Program Assistant.





Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - Nicole Herman

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Nicole Herman is a senior at George Mason University studying Conflict Analysis and Intelligence Analysis. She is passionate about global engagement and has recently completed a term at the University of Oxford, where she researched the logistical and moral aspects of terrorism and also investigated the complex pursuit of women's rights amidst the persecution faced under the larger umbrella of simultaneously protected religious rights around the world.


Outside her studies Nicole has been able to actively apply her passions by serving as the Vice President of the GMU UNA Chapter, as an Alternative Dispute Resolution intern for Fairfax County Government, and as a leader on a GMU Honors Diversity Board. She will soon be pursuing a MA in International Security where she seeks to influence foreign policy decisions concerning racial differences around the world.

 Nicole is from Metro-Atlanta and enjoys boba tea, reading on her kindle, and photography. 


Global Classrooms DC Program Analyst - Grace Laudeman

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Grace Laudeman is a senior at the George Washington University pursuing a dual degree in Statistics and International Affairs with a concentration in Global Public Health. After graduation, she plans to pursue a Masters degree in public health with an interest in contributing research to infectious diseases and global health intervention programs. She is a dedicated member of the GW Ultimate Frisbee team having held a position on the board as a Treasurer. Hailing from Chicago, She loves city life and has a passion for baking. Grace is excited by the opportunity to contribute to the UNA-NCA GCDC team as a Program Analyst.



Global Classrooms DC Program Analyst - Celina Pierrotett

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Celina is a former history teacher passionate about advocating for students' rights to a fair and relevant education system. Celina has a Master of Education from the College of William and Mary and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration from George Mason University. As an educator, she co-piloted innovative performance assessments and developed a transdisciplinary learning curriculum. 

Currently, Celina enjoys exploring the program evaluation field and developing creative solutions to complex problems. In her spare time, she enjoys being active outside, curling up with her favorite book and cat, Theodore Roosevelt, and baking delicious treats for her friends and family. 


Global Classrooms DC Creative Design Assistant - Sarah Michelle

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Sarah Michelle is a graphic designer specializing in typography, print/web design, and ideation. She believes in the equality of all people and is committed to generating positive change in the world through the promotion of equal rights. She is excited to be interning for UNA-NCA as a Creative Design Assistant. 

 

She is a graduate of Towson University with a Bachelor of Fine Art, earning her degree in graphic design with a minor in marketing. 







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 Senior 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 Senior Program Assistant - Danielle Black

Snapchat-2019301969Danielle 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.”  




UNA-NCA Communications and Membership Program Assistant - Laura Rodriguez

laura_copy_2Laura Rodriguez is a recent graduate of Northeastern University, with a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and a minor in Journalism. She is working toward an accelerated Master’s degree in International Affairs with a specialization in Public Policy at the same institution. Her previous work experiences include a Staff Writer and Translator position at El País newspaper in Madrid, Spain, an Americas Research Associate position at the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a Marketing and Communications internship with Root Cause, and an Economic Empowerment intern at the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Her academic research focuses on the Latin American region, particularly on the role of community-based resilience and collective action in combating institutional corruption in Bogotá, Colombia, where her family is from. Her career and life interests include writing, both in a journalistic capacity and free-form styles, traveling, and learning new languages.  


Growth Initiatives Program Assistant - Dalia Halabieh

Dalia Halabieh is a recent graduate of the University of California Berkeley, with a Bachelors in Communications and a concentration in Public Policy. She is passionate about international development in the Middle East and North Africa region, having spent significant time doing ground level work across various countries in the Middle East. She hopes to continue working in international development, focusing on conflict and post-conflict areas within Lebanon and Syria.

Previously, Dalia worked in the technology and cryptocurrency industry. Her academic research focused on how the rise of technology has changed varying mediums of communication. In her free time she enjoys reading, playing guitar, and live music.