The UN Association-USA carries out its mission in a nationwide network of 125 chapters and divisions. The Northern California Division encompasses 12 chapters and about 1500 members in cities from Sonoma to Monterey, San Francisco to Sacramento — and in the East Bay where this Inter-generational Model UN is hosted. Each chapter implements programs throughout the year: educational and awareness-raising activities about global issues; outreach to youth and schools including support of Model UN’s. Chapters also conduct advocacy with elected officials especially, as well as the public, intended to strengthen US-UN relations and to increase support for a more effective United Nations.
Participants at this Inter-Generational Model UN are invited to join UNA-USA which simultaneously brings membership in a local chapter, and special access to its programs.
Executive Director of UNA-USA
Chris Whatley was appointed Executive Director of UNA-USA in August, 2013. He will be based in Washington D.C., responsible for UNA’s programs, advocacy, and operations around the USA. In that capacity, he works with the organization’s network of 120 chapters, divisions, and some 12,000 member, as well as the partnership of UNA-USA with the UN Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Campaign. Before joining UNA-USA, Whatley served as Deputy Executive Director and Washington Office Director of The Council of State Governments, where he served as a voice for U.S. states in Washington, D.C. and oversaw the Council’s federal advocacy and international outreach. Whatley holds a B.A. in Government from Angelo State University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
Director of UNA Education Programs
Mr. Troy Wolfe serves as Senior Manager for the United Nations Associations Education division and leads the efforts of more than 25,000 participants in more than 7 countries with the implementation of UNA-USA’s brand of Model UN “Global Classrooms”. In 2011, Mr. Wolfe joined the United Nations Foundation and has focused his attention on programs development, knowledge management, evaluation and assessment.
Before becoming Senior Manager of UNA-USA Education Programs, Mr. Wolfe served as director for the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, data driven anti-poverty initiative at the City University of New York. In this role, he provided low income students with the framework and necessary supports to succeed in higher education.
His professional experiences also include collaborations with the Department of Education in the delivery and evaluation of 21st Century Community Learning Center and Community Technology Center Grants and MTV Networks on the VH-1 Save the Music campaign. He has designed and implemented professional development workshops for teachers, government and social service administrators through the Academy of Educational Development and managed out-of-school time programs for the nation’s largest public charter school in Washington, DC.
Mr. Wolfe has extensive knowledge of international development and education and has completed volunteer assignments in both the U.S. Peace Corps (Suriname) and Operation Crossroads Africa (Lesotho).
Mr. Wolfe holds an M.A. in Instructional Technology and Media from Columbia University, Teachers College and a B.A. in English with a minor in Education from Lincoln University, PA. He is a member of Pi Lambda Theta International Honor Society and Professional Association in Education and the Northern New Jersey Chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America.