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Fall 2020 Virtual Career Series Sponsorship Opportunities

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. We are a diverse and inclusive group of people from the greater Washington metropolitan area devoted to educating and mobilizing Americans in support of a strong U.S.-UN partnership. The UNA-NCA Young Professionals (YP) invite you to support their signature event, focusing on Careers in International Affairs.  The virtual evening begins with a keynote address followed by topical sessions.  Each session features distinguished speakers who will share their stories, answer guest’s questions, and offer advice on their experiences in the industry.


  • All sponsors are invited to the keynote address
  • All sponsor logos are included on the event website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Size for Ad pages – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5”; 1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”
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UN Month Sponsorship

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. In celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, UNA-NCA will be hosting a month-long celebration featuring special programs to celebrate the UN’s first 75 years and discuss what the next 75 should include.


  • All sponsor logos are included on the event digital programs and website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Size for Ad pages – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5”; 1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”
 Click here for more information!

Human Rights Awards Sponsorship

In celebrating the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and over 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNA-NCA will recognize outstanding individuals and organizations who are working to improve human rights in their communities and around the world.

Louis B. Sohn Award:
Dean Claudio Grossman
Professor and Dean Emeritus, American University Washington College of Law
Perdita Huston Award
Professor Susan Deller Ross
Director, International Human Rights Clinic, Georgetown Law
F. Allen “Tex” Harris Diplomacy Award
Erin Barclay & Scott Busby
U.S. Department of State
Community Human Rights Award:
People for Fairness Coalition
DC-Based non-profit working to end housing instability


  • All sponsor logos or names are included on the event slideshow and website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • An opportunity to honor individuals who are making an impact in the human rights field and our community.
  • Size for Ads – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5” ;1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”

Fall 2020 Young Professionals' Career Series


On Saturday, October 24th, 2020, UNA-NCA invites students and young professionals to participate in its semi-annual Young Professionals' Career Series.

Saturday, October 24, 2020
12:00 - 2:00 pm


Members and Students: $20
Non-Members: $25
Combination ticket that includes one year of membership: $35

Professional speakers in each of the topics will offer career advice and guidance, and share personal stories of experience in their particular fields. Attendees are encouraged to ask specific or general questions about the field and engage in conversation in a uniquely intimate and comfortable setting.


The Keynote speaker for this year is Hazami Barmada, public affairs and social impact strategist, consultant, and social entrepreneur.  Learn more about Hazami here.

Register Here!
Please be advised that you are only allowed to register for one series.

Each series has its own length of the program.

Careers in Advocacy: Running for Office (Postponed)

Jordan Hibbs, UNA-NCA Director at Large/Running for DC ANC Commissioner 6E04
Mussab Ali, Board Member, Jersey City Board of Education

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!

Careers in International Environmental  Law (Postponed)

Cornelia Hartman, Environmental Consultant, AFRY

Charles Di Leva, Chief Counsel, World Bank Group

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!

Careers in the UN

Kristi Pelzel, UNA-NCA Graduate Fellow 2018; Rostered at UN
Liz Lizama, Communications and Social Media Coordinator, International Organization for Migration
Sarah Morgan,
Senior Government Relations Officer, International Labour Organization

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!

Careers in Global Health (Postponed)

Adanna Chukwuma, Health Specialist, World Bank
Sia Nowrojee, Executive Director, 3D Program for Girls and Women, United Nations Foundation

Will be held virtually.

Registration open now!

Fall 2020 Career Series Sponsors:

Career Leader:
A. Edward Elmendorf
Stephen F. Moseley

Jill Christianson
Jordan Hibbs
Tom Bradley
Eagle Bank

Career Supporter:
Diana Ohlbaum
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs
Lori Kaplan

Coffee Chat with UNDP, IFAD, Bread for the City and more!

UNA-NCA Coffee Chat: Food Insecurity & SDG 1: No Poverty

Join us on Thursday, July 16 from 1:00-2:00pm for our collaboration with leading experts in sustainable development. 
UNA-NCA will be joined by leadership from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Bread for the City, and more. 

We'll explore the scope of stakeholder work related to food security and poverty alleviation while offering critical insights into the impact of COVID-19 on poverty and development. 


George Jones
Chief Executive Officer, Bread for the City

Yesim Oruc
Deputy Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Rafael Tapia Jr. 
Vice President of Programs, Partnership with Native Americans (PWNA)

Joanna Veltri
Chief, Americas Liaison Office at International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)

Register hereStay tuned for updates about our speakers and partner organizations.


Enjoying our Coffee Chat series? You can find highlights from our latest sessions below.

UN75 Coffee Chat: The Future We Want


UNA-NCA is proud to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations alongside Congressman Jamie Raskin and a panel of US Ambassadors  for a special edition of our Coffee Chat discussion series. 

Join us on Thursday, October 15th from 11:30am-1:00pm EST for a dynamic exploration of how key stakeholders are bridging the gap between global and local goals. As the United Nations turns 75, what role will its institutions and the Sustainable Development Goals play in shaping our future? 

Register here


Congressman Jamie Raskin 

Congressman Jamie Raskin is the U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 8th Congressional District. He was a professor of constitutional law for more than a quarter-century at American University Washington College of Law before entering Congress and has published several books, including the Washington Post Bestseller Overruling Democracy: The Supreme Court versus the American People, and dozens of scholarly articles and essays. 

Congressman Raskin is currently serving his second term on the Judiciary, House Oversight, and House Administration Committees. He also serves on the Rules Committee and is an elected Member of the House Democratic Leadership Team. He also serves on the new Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. Prior to his time in Congress, Raskin was a three-term State Senator in Maryland, where he served as Senate Majority Whip. He earned a reputation for building coalitions in Annapolis to deliver a series of landmark legislative accomplishments, including marriage equality, abolition of the death penalty, decriminalization of marijuana, strong equal pay for equal work legislation, and several pieces of strong anti-drunk driving legislation, including the compulsory ignition interlock device for convicted drunk drivers.

Congressman Raskin is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. He and his wife Sarah Bloom Raskin, a former Governor of the Federal Reserve Board and the former Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department under President Obama, live in Takoma Park with their dogs, Potter and Toby. They have three grown children.

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss (Ret.)

Ambassador Don Bliss is a Past President of UNA-NCA. From 2006-2009, he served in Montreal as U.S. Ambassador to the International Civil Aviation Organization, a UN-affiliated international organization, and U.S.  Permanent Representative on the ICAO Council. From 1977-2006, he practiced law in the D.C. office of the international law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Prior government service includes Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (1975-76), Executive Secretary to the U.S. Agency for International Development (1974-75); Executive Secretary to the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the Honorable Elliot L. Richardson (1969-73) and Peace Corps Volunteer lawyer (Micronesia) (1966-68), where he met his wife, Nancy, who has also served as a Director-at-Large of the UNA-NCA.

Don serves on the Board of Directors of the Council of American Ambassadors. He has also served on the Boards of The Studio Theatre, Arts for the Aging, Inc. (as president and co-chair), Cedar Lane Unitarian-Universalist Church (as chair), Harleysville Mutual Insurance Company and as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Air and Space Law Forum and President of the national Ripon Society and the Harvard Law School Association of D.C. He co-authored a book with the Honorable William T. Coleman Jr., Counsel for the Situation, Brookings Press (2010). He also has authored, The Law of Airline Customer Relations, Hale & Northam (2005) and Mark Twain’s Tale of Today, CreateSpace, (2012), a book about Mark Twain and  politics.

Ambassador C. Steven McGann

Ambassador Steven McGann (ret), is the founder of The Stevenson Group, an international consultancy and global security strategy firm that provides strategic counsel to companies and organizations seeking to expand their operations into the defense/security sector. Formerly a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Minister-Counselor, Amb. McGann has held several influential positions including United States Ambassador to the Republics of Fiji, Nauru, Kiribati, and the Kingdom of Tonga and Tuvalu.

Ambassador McGann was posted twice to the US Mission to the United Nations (USUN) in New York and has engaged with various United Nations agencies. He has also served as the Deputy Commandant and International Affairs Adviser of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy at the National Defense University (NDU). Ambassador McGann is a member of the Board of Trustees at Claremont McKenna College. He is an affiliate of the Center for Australia, New Zealand and, Pacific Studies, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University.  Ambassador McGann also serves on the advisory councils of several non-governmental organizations.

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson

Ambassador Sarah E. Mendelson is Distinguished Service Professor of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University and Head of CMU’s Heinz College in DC.  She previously served as the US Representative to the UN’s ECOSOC. There she led on international development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. Prior to her appointment, she served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID from 2010-2014 where she was the Agency lead on democracy, human rights, and governance. 

A long time policy entrepreneur, she has spent twenty-five years working on development and human rights as a scholar and a practitioner.  She spent over a decade as a senior adviser and the inaugural director of the Human Rights Initiative at CSIS. She also worked as a senior fellow in CSIS’s Russia and Eurasia Program overseeing focus groups, public opinion surveys, and social marketing campaigns in Russia.  Her current work centers on the Sustainable Development Goals.  At CMU, she co-chairs the University’s Sustainability Initiative. Ambassador Mendelson is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the editorial board of International Security.  The author of over 70 scholarly and public policy publications, Ambassador Mendelson received her BA in history from Yale and her PhD in political science from Columbia. 

Ambassador Susan D. Page

Ambassador Susan D. Page possesses deep expertise in international relations, particularly in Africa,  excellent French language skills, and the political, legal and analytical acumen of a Harvard-trained  lawyer – her first career. Page was sworn in as ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan on November 16, 2011. Following her  historic tenure as the first U.S. ambassador to the world’s newest nation, she served as Acting Permanent  Representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa and Chargé  d’Affaires, a.i., to the U.S. Mission to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and later chaired the  U.S. Government’s multi-agency Security Governance Initiative (SGI) team for Ghana.

Among her  numerous positions in international affairs, Ambassador Page was Special Representative of the  Secretary-General (SRSG) to Haiti, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Rule of Law, Global  Focal Point (GFP) Review Implementation, and Legal and Political Adviser to the Horn of  Africa’s Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat for Peace in Sudan, where she  co-drafted essential elements of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) for Sudan. In  addition, she was Director of the Rule of Law and Corrections Advisory Unit of the UN Mission in Sudan  (UNMIS), Regional Director for Southern and East Africa at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in  Washington, DC, and senior legal expert in Rwanda and Sudan for the United Nations Development  Programme (UNDP).

Ambassador Page is an elected member of the American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD). She serves as a  board member of Road Scholar, is on the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the  National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and on the Advisory Board of the Kellogg Institute for International  Studies. She is a member of the Association of Black American Ambassadors and numerous other  professional organizations.  In August of 2020, Page joined the faculty at the University of Michigan as Professor of the Practice of  International Diplomacy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy with a concurrent appointment as  Professor from Practice at the University of Michigan Law School. She is also assisting with the growth  of U-M’s Weiser Diplomacy Center. Ambassador Page was a Visiting Professor of the Practice at the  Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame in 2019-2020.  

Originally from the Chicago area, Ambassador Page received her Juris Doctor (JD) from Harvard Law  School, her A.B. in English With High Distinction from the University of Michigan, and Certificates of  Distinction (English) and Merit (Psychology) from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland before  attending law school. She loves learning about other cultures, traveling, and playing euchre.

Thank you to our UN Month Sponsors: 

Diplomatic Leader

Stephen F. Moseley

Diplomatic Partner

Ambassador Donald T. Bliss
A. Edward Elmendorf 


Diplomatic Supporter

Tim Barner and Kathy Guthrie
Larry Cooley and Marina Fening
Ambassador Keith Harper (Ret.)
Ritu Sharma
Richard Seifman
Jill Christianson
Edison W. Dick, Esq. 

Diplomatic Friend

Kristen Hecht
Lori Kaplan
Ellen McGovern
Loyce Pace


Support UN Month

The United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) is one of the largest and most active chapters of UNA-USA. This Coffee Chat is part of a month-long celebration featuring special programs to celebrate the UN’s first 75 years and discuss what the next 75 should include.


  • All sponsor logos are included on the event digital programs and website.
  • All sponsors are mentioned on UNA-NCA’s social media networks including Twitter and Facebook.
  • Size for Ad pages – Full slide: 8.5 “x 11”; ½ slide: 8.5” x 5”; ¼ slide: 4”x 5”; 1/8 slide: 4”x 2.5”

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