May 11, 2020
UNA-NCA wishes the best to Global Education Director Nicole Bohannon, and welcomes Jaiya Lalla as Global Education Managing Director.

After more than 3 years at UNA-NCA, our Global Education Director Nicole Bohannon will be moving on to pursue a graduate degree in the UK. Nicole's last day in the office will be June 5, 2020.

GCDC Director TransitionDuring her time at the UN Association, Nicole has vastly enhanced our signature education program Global Classrooms DC (GCDC). During her leadership, the program has brought in new audiences, partners, and program offerings, as well as creating a more sustainable and well-rounded program. We are sincerely grateful for her contributions.

We are pleased to announce that Jaiya Lalla will be promoted to Global Education Managing Director, effective June 8, 2020. Jaiya brings extensive programming and Model UN experience, including holding previous positions in the U.S. Senate, at the Peace Corps headquarters, the U.S. Department of State, Women’s Watch-China, and the National Endowment for Democracy. She previously served as a GCDC Program Assistant, where she worked to organize the program's Model UN Conferences and to make Global Classroom DC more dynamic. For the past six months, Jaiya has served as the GCDC Deputy Manager, getting full training experience before assuming the director role.

"I started at GCDC as an intern Program Assistant in the summer of 2015 while I was still a student at GW. I could not have imagined the growth, challenges, and joy that working within the UNA-NCA family has brought me, and I couldn't be more grateful for all of it. I will cherish the memories of students coming to the State Department, ready to debate our amazing topics; of parents and teachers unable to contain their pride and joy seeing their kids excel; of volunteers ready to run their Model UN committees, despite the early start of our conferences; of partners beng just as excited as the GCDC team to highlight critical issues."

"Even through this uncertain time during a pandemic, I know that Jaiya will do a phenomenal job in the Director role. She has learned an enormous amount of skills and information since she started as a Program Assistant in September 2019. I'm proud of her progress, and UNA-NCA is incredibly lucky to have her."

- Nicole Bohannon

We wish Nicole much luck in her studies and welcome Jaiya in her new role!

You can learn more about our Global Classrooms DC program here.

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