Heather Lane Chauny - Director at Large
Heather Lane brings more than 15 years combined experience in philanthropy and private foundations on both grantmaking and grantseeking. She has worked throughout Africa and Latin America on issues pertaining to global health and sustainable economic development for organizations including the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and Jhpiego, a global health affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. She also served with the U.S Peace Corps in Durban, South Africa as a Capacity Building Consultant for HIV/AIDS integration programs and services within community-based and national non-governmental organizations. 

Heather holds a BA in International Relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University and an MPIA (Masters in Pacific and International Affairs) from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego. She has lived, worked or studied in more than ten countries, including a year in Costa Rica and more than two years in South Africa, and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.

Vision Statement: As a young girl growing up in a small working class town in the Mid-West, I yearned for connections to and involvement in the global community. I tried to introduce a Model UN at my high school, but there was no shared passion or interest among my peers and there was not the same sense of urgency of addressing global issues. It was a struggle that ended when I went off to college, majored in International Relations and joined the Model UN, but I was frustrated when I learned of all the opportunities that had existed for other high school students that I was not aware of (pre-internet).


I have since dedicated my career to addressing some of the key challenges that face our nations and people. I am a firm believer that by investing in present and future leaders of the UN and reaching out to underserved communities and young people, there will be increased public understanding and constructive US leadership in strengthening the UN for years to come. I would like to help lead this charge of connecting our young people who want to be engaged with and informed on the UN to the proper outlets and help to instill and grow a passion and understanding for global issues among those youth that do not have access to or understanding of the UN and its mission.