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Lauren B. Terrell

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Lauren B. Terrell is a nonprofit management and board governance specialist. She currently serves as the director of governance at United Way Worldwide. In this role, she leads the governance and board operations of the organization, as well as all aspects of annual and special meetings of the members.

Ms. Terrell began her career with the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), an international, non-profit organization, as an executive assistant. In that role, she provided support to the president and chief executive officer and took on a wide range of responsibilities. Ms. Terrell’s duties quickly shifted full time to a governance role and then expanded again to include organizational and donor compliance oversight, strategic leadership of IFES’ advocacy efforts and approach to U.S. Congress, and creation and oversight of the organization’s premiere fundraising events and online giving, among other things.

In 2017, Ms. Terrell received a graduate certificate in nonprofit management from George Mason University. She has a bachelor’s degree in government and international politics with a concentration in political theory and law, also from George Mason University. As an undergraduate, she interned at the State Department in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs under Assistant Secretary Thomas A. Shannon.

Ms. Terrell is a strong believer in the power of community and an active civil society. She lends her expertise and background in nonprofit management and board governance via volunteer leadership roles within her community. She has served on her local homeowners’ association for a number of years in various roles and currently serves as the president of the board. She also currently serves as the vice chair of strategy and operations, as well as the governance committee chair, with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area.

Vision Statement
I believe that citizen engagement in all its forms, from volunteering to membership in civic organizations, enhances the fabric of society - citizen participation is essential for a safer, more peaceful, and prosperous global community. This core belief led me pursue a career in the nonprofit sector and drives my desire to engage locally via volunteer leadership. Over the past two years, I have loved serving UNA-NCA as the vice chair of strategy and operations, helping to build support for the UN, strengthening UNA-NCA’s operations, and continuing to play a role is aligning its strategic direction with operations. As the incumbent, there are a number of initiatives I wish to see fully realized, especially the revamp of the strategic/business plan. It is my desire to see this plan through, so that the organization can better fulfill its mission and vision and provide more meaningful impact in the National Capital Area in support of the UN.