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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
Melinda Howard-Herrarte


Kevin Mann
Second Vice President
Cynthia Henry


David Campbell
Director of Advocacy
Sandra Williams

First Vice President

Richard Luhring


Kent Wegener
Board Development Chair
Jessica Kay Gillespie
Young Professionals Committee Chair
Janelle Coronado

Webmaster & Director of Social Media 

Board of Directors​


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

  • Kevin Mann

  • Dirk Neyhart

  • Peter S. Ngong

  • Diane Patropulos

  • Corinna Tempelis

  • Veronica Ufoegbune

  • Stefania Guadalupe Vallejo

  • Kent Wegener

  • Lenora Williams Omenka

  • Sandra Williams

  • Herb Behrstock

  • David Campbell

  • Janelle Coronado

  • Roxana Damas

  • Jessica Kay Gillespie

  • Chris Hazelwood

  • Melinda Howard-Herrarte

  • Sher Hussaini

  • Mona Koh

  • Liliane Koziol

  • Rich Luhring

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