President's Message

Welcome Message from
Southern California Division President
Judith Harris


Welcome to the So. Cal UNA-USA website and to a new year with endless possibilities.  I am honored to serve as your new President and am looking forward to building on our successes and strengths, achieved by working together with the most capable leadership of our immediate past President, Mel Boynton.  Thank you Mel for your outstanding service these past 4 years.  Please visit this site often for updated resources and Chapter and Division events.  This is a very important year, as the Millennium Development Goals timeline is nearing conclusion.  Your So. Cal. Division culminated 2013 by hosting a Post-2015 meeting to discuss the successor plan to the Millennium Development Goals.  Our UNA-USA Executive Director, Chris Whatley came from Washington DC and spoke to the 120 people in attendance.  There is still an opportunity to participate in the formation of this agenda by going to, if you haven’t already voted for your priorities for the new development agenda.  Your opinion counts.

With great momentum we began 2014 by welcoming two more distinguished guests from Washington, DC, Mary-Frances Wain, Deputy Executive Director of UNA and Karen Mulhauser, Chair of the Council of Chapters and Regions – Steering Committee, who were our Keynote speakers.  Their presentations and the discussion that followed were outstanding, offering new insights and opportunities for participation and collaboration. 

While all media sources provide a continuing report of injustices and disasters worldwide, it is challenging to not be overwhelmed by a feeling of helplessness.  Participating in the UNA offers us a place to work with others and to make a difference.  While we hear about the challenges facing the UN, know that the UN provides food to 90 million people in 75 countries, keeps peace with 120,000 peacekeepers in 16 operations on 4 continents, and promotes maternal health, saving the lives of 30 million women a year.  And these are only a few of the many UN programs in operation all over the world every day.  Your participation in your own chapter is supporting the UN – so, think of the difference you are making. 


Electing a SoCal Regional Representative to
National Steering Committee at
May 2, 2015 Board Meeting

Three UNA-USA chapter presidents have been nominated as candidates for the Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee (CCR-SC) for the next year.   Nominations are now closed and one of our candidates will be elected at the May 2nd SoCal board meeting in Claremont (all members and guests welcome). 

The candidates are Bettina Hausmann from San Diego, Ike Khamisani from Inland Empire, and David Tuckman from San Fernando Valley.  Each of the candidates will present themselves at the May 2nd board meeting.  An election will be held that day in which each of our eleven chapters and the division will have one vote.  The Candidate information is detailed in the attached April2015 CCR-SC Candidates report.  

Also, the Saturday, May 2nd board meeting will feature Bertil Lindblad, former head of the UN AIDS Office in New York, speaking on the Post-2015 Agenda, along with the CCR-SC election and sharing of chapter events.  The luncheon meeting (11:00 AM to 3:00 PM) is held in the Napier Conference Center, 660 Avery Rd, Claremont.  Just $30 for members and guests and $25 for students includes lunch.  RSVP by April 29th to  

National UNA-USA Members Meeting
June 7- 9, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The UNA-USA Annual Meeting is more affordable than ever!

Registration is available now, so we hope you will take advantage of reduced registration fees and join your fellow SoCal leaders in the nation’s capital! The Annual Meeting brings together members from across the country for skills trainings, issue briefings, networking opportunities, and capacity-building. Each year, the meeting culminates with Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. UNA-USA 2013 Annual Meeting Photos: (Click here)

Boynton, Harris and Snyder Elected SoCal
Regional Eleven Representatives for 2014-2016
Regional Representative
Mel Boynton
Regional Representative
Judith Harris
Regional Representative
Rebecca Snyder

Southern California Region Eleven UNA-USA chapter leaders have elected our three Regional Representatives to the national Council of Chapters and Regions Steering Committee (CCR-SC) from a field of twelve outstanding candidates.  

Elected were current CCR-SC representative Mel Boynton; President of Pomona Valley Chapter and Vice President for Communications of the Southern California Division, Judith Harris; President of the Southern California Division, and Rebecca Snyder; Secretary of the Orange County Chapter and a Young Professional.  

All three will serve from June 2014 to 2016, taking the seats currently held by SoCal 2012-2014 representatives David Tuckman, Chris Fennessy, and Mel Boynton.  Our congratulations and thanks to outgoing regional representatives David Tuckman and Chris Fennessy for their dedication and service.  

National UNA-USA Executive Director Chris Whatley has called the CCR-SC representatives his “board of directors”. As regional reps, Mel, Judith, and Rebecca will: serve as liaisons between chapters and the national office; advise the national office; assist development of policies, programs and methods of communication; help SoCal chapters strengthen their effectiveness, compliance, and helping resolve disputes; and promote UNA-USA membership, advocacy, and education programs.

Some thirty regional representatives are elected from around the country.  The CCR-SC meets face-to-face twice a year (in Washington, D.C. and New York City) and by email and conference call the rest of the year.
ANNUAL MEETING - SoCal UNA-USA - SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013 Women's City Club of Pasadena
Stephane Dujarric

Photos of the Annual meeting are posted on Facebook.
Many thanks to Leyth Ahmed Swidan who photographed the event.


Photo from the meeting:

from left Keynote Speaker - Mr. Stephané Dujarric, Director, News and Media Division, Department of Public Information, UNITED NATIONS; Mel Boynton, outgoing president; and Judith Harris, president-elect.




Election Results from Division Annual Meeting - Nov 9, 2013

















Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals Resources

Sixty Post 2015 participants Joy Adams and her Post 2015 committee
Environment team report Gender Equity team report
Education team report Accountable Institutions team report
2000 Millennium Development Goals to Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals
Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals
Four Post 2015 Discussion Reports
From November 1, 2015 in Orange County, Southern California
Gender Equity
Accountable Institutions

Chris Whatley announced as new UNA-USA Executive Director

Washington (PRWEB) August 13, 2013

Chris WhatleyThe United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA), a program of the United Nations Foundation, today announced that Chris Whatley will join the organization as Executive Director. In this role, he will lead UNA-USA's nationwide membership, educational, and human rights programs, at the heart of the movement of Americans who support the important work of the United Nations.

"Chris is joining us at a pivotal time in the history of UNA-USA and the UN Foundation, when the opportunities to actively support the UN are greater than ever," said UN Foundation President & CEO Kathy Calvin. "His years of experience in international affairs and dedication to powerful grassroots advocacy will help take UNA-USA to even higher levels of engagement and effectiveness in the years to come."

Whatley will lead UNA-USA’s national staff in Washington, D.C. and New York, and will head up the Association’s efforts to increase membership, advocate on behalf of the UN and UN causes, and educate the next generation of UN supporters in the U.S. through UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms Model UN program. He will also be responsible for the close coordination of UNA-USA with other programs, initiatives and activities of the United Nations Foundation and its sister organization, the Better World Campaign.

"As someone who has experienced the critical importance of UN peacekeeping and the work of the specialized agencies firsthand, I look forward to working with UNA-USA members and staff to continue the Association’s strong legacy and further build the UNA-USA network to help ensure a positive U.S.-UN relationship for the future," said Whatley.
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. He began his career as a field-based program officer for the International Republican Institute running democracy assistance projects in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Whatley holds a B.A. in Government from Angelo State University and an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

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