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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.



 

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. 



Manager of Advocacy and Outreach - Danielle Dean

DanielleDanielle serves UNA-NCA as the Advocacy and Outreach Manager and is responsible for the core campaign management, congressional portfolio and membership outreach. Danielle joins UNA-NCA with extensive experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors with a focus on technology and data security.

As an attorney, Danielle continues to pursue her interest in the intersection of technology, economic development and human rights. She currently serves as board member for NAMIC, a communications and entertainment industry association, focusing on diversity and inclusion and promoting the advancement of people of color to the highest levels of corporate leadership in the entertainment industry.

Danielle grew up in Southern California and enjoys traveling, running and reading.


SDG Policy Advisor - Shayna Vayser

1606073250302Shayna Vayser advises 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 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.





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.

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.



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 Development Assistant - 
Sarah Basham
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Sarah Basham is a rising senior at the University of Virginia and is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Global Development Studies. She is passionate about understanding foreign policy issues as well as studying the structural determinants of socioeconomic inequalities around the globe. In her professional career, she hopes to combine these two areas of interest by developing policies and programs that address global challenges such as sustainable development, women’s access to education, conflict, and poverty. At UVA, Sarah has been involved with tutoring through the International Rescue Committee, fundraising for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and assisting at a local elementary school. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Charlottesville’s restaurants, shops, and parks. She is excited for the opportunity to work in both education and foreign affairs as a GCDC Program Assistant this summer.


Global Classrooms DC Program Assistant - Arturo Barrera