Retired, International Relations, National Education Association (NEA)

Jill Christianson builds strong international connections by forging relationships, practice, and policy that advance equity and social justice. Jill has served most recently as a Board Member at Large for the UN Association of the National Capital Area and is an active member of the Human Rights Committee. She also chaired the UNA-NCA Nominating Committee (2019), which filled key positions to support the association’s diversity and growth. For more than a decade, Jill leveraged support for the UN Association and chapter through her international work with the nation's largest labor union, the National Education Association (NEA).

Gender justice is prominent in Jill’s intersectional and intergenerational work, including at the UN Commission on the Status of Women. During her career with NEA, Jill was the key representative in United Nations meetings on migration, education, and children. She has worked in about 50 nations on issues related to education, labor, gender, and LGBT rights. Jill has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Communication from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Vision Statement

I hope you will vote for me as Chair-Elect for the UNA-NCA, where I hope to serve the association as we navigate ahead with the vision of strong United States engagement in the United Nations. The global pandemic and shockwaves of economic uncertainty call for strategic efforts to ensure that the UNA-NCA is nimble and influential.

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