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History & Mission


Founded in 1946, the United Nations Association is a movement of Americans committed to the ideals of global engagement. With more than 20,000 members and 200 Chapters across the country, we are dedicated to educating, inspiring, and mobilizing Americans to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. Around the world the United Nations is acting to protect human rights and confront the planet's most complex challenges - but it can't do it alone. 

Our East Bay Chapter has been in operation since 1955 and is one of the country's largest and most active. We are 100% volunteer run and every day we work to bring the broader mission of the UNA to our East Bay community. Our mission includes providing informational events, participating in cultural celebrations, supporting youth leaders, and engaging in robust advocacy with our local and national elected officials.

Chapter Officers and Key Positions
Dirk Neyhart


Kevin Mann
2nd Vice President & Director of Membership
Janelle Coronado

Secretary & Director of Communications

Sandra Williams

Vice President & Director of Programs

Richard Luhring


Jessica Kay Gillespie
Young Professionals Committee Chair
Board of Directors​


The East Bay Chapter is served by 21 outstanding members on our Board of Directors:

  • Diane Patropulos

  • Herb Behrstock

  • Jessica Kay Gillespie

  • Kevin Mann

  • Dr. Liliane Koziol

  • Mona Koh

  • Sandra Williams

  • Sher Hussaini

  • Corinna Tempelis

  • Dirk Neyhart

  • Janelle Coronado

  • Kent Wegener

  • Lenora Williams Omenka

  • ​​Melinda Howard-Herrarte

  • Rich Luhring

  • Stefania Guadalupe Vallejo

  • Dr. Veronica Ufoegbune

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