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
Liliane Koziol


Kent Wegener
Second Vice President
Melinda Howard-Herrarte


David Campbell
Director of Advocacy
Jessica Kay Gillespie
Young Professionals Committee Chair
Kevin Mann

First Vice President

Richard Luhring


Diane Patropulos
Board Development Chair
Lynn Wilder

Managing Director of The United Nations Association Information & UNICEF Center

Janelle Coronado

Webmaster & Director of Social Media 

Board of Directors​


The East Bay Chapter is served by 22 outstanding members on our Board of Directors:

  • Peter S. Ngong

  • Diane Patropulos

  • Joanne Robinson

  • King Tang

  • Corinna Tempelis

  • Veronica Ufoegbune

  • Stefania Guadalupe Vallejo

  • Kent Wegener

  • Lynn Wilder

  • Lenora Williams Omenka

  • Sandra Williams

  • Herb Behrstock

  • David Campbell

  • Janelle Coronado

  • Roxana Damas

  • Jessica Kay Gillespie

  • Melinda Howard-Herrarte

  • Sher Hussaini

  • Liliane Koziol

  • Rich Luhring

  • Kevin Mann

  • Dirk Neyhart