President's Message

Welcome Message from Southern California Division President Judith Harris

Southern California Division President Judith Harris
Our ten Southern California UNA-USA Chapters are fully engaged in contributing to the success of the Sustainable Development Goals, with our current focus on the Refugee Crisis and Climate Change. Events supporting these goals can be found in the Calendar of Events on this website. A way one person can make a difference is by supporting an Adopt-A-Future event, hosted by UNA Chapters. The funds raised at concerts, coffee talks, garden parties and more go directly toward the educational needs of children in refugee camps who would otherwise have no opportunity to learn. We invite you to join us on September 25 th for the UNA-USA Southern California Division 10 th Annual West Coast Global Forum, “The United Nations – Needed Now More Than Ever”. The event promises to be insightful, educational, interactive and inspirational. We will be presenting Global Citizen Awards to three worthy recipients. You don't want to miss hearing our keynote speaker Peter Yeo, President of the Better World Campaign and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy for the United Nations Foundation. Join us, as together we can have a greater impact on making the world better for all.
Newest SoCal Regional Representative Isabel Treidl


Isabel Treidl is Chair of Young Professional at the Southern California Division. She is also chair of Education of the United Nations Association - Orange County Chapter Young Professionals. Isabel works with developmentally disabled people at NALAS ARF. In 2015, she attended the UNA annual meeting in Washington D.C where she represented the Orange County Chapter.

Since she was young, Isabel has been motivated by social issues and has worked to improve the quality of people’s lives. During college, she participated in several conferences, seminars and national publications that spearheaded the development of cheaper prosthetics to replace the knee. She worked with the Colombian Army to help veterans who had lost their limbs due to land mines. She won local and national awards for biomedical research and entrepreneurship. In 2008 she received a scholarship from the Inter-American Development Bank National Young Entrepreneurs Award for a cultural mission to China in order to enhance her entrepreneurial skills. In 2009 she started working as a consultant and developed projects for the Colombian Government and private companies, and became a member of In-Nove, a Latin American consulting firm.

Isabel Treidl has a Bachelor’s degree in Product Design Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, and currently is an administrator certified by the Community Care Licensing Division to work with developmentally disabled people in California.

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
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Four Post 2015 Discussion Reports
From November 1, 2015 in Orange County, Southern California
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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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