Executive Director, UNA-USA
Chris Whatley serves as Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States, a program of the United Nations Foundation. He leads UNA’s national staff in Washington, D.C. and New York, and heads 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’s Global Classrooms Model UN program.
Before joining UNF, Chris served as Washington Office Director and Deputy Executive Director of The Council of State Governments (CSG), representing elected officials in all 50 states and the six territories on Capitol Hill, forging ties between American states and their counterparts in Canada and Mexico, and serving as an appointed advisor to the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Prior to joining CSG, Chris served as a program officer and field representative for the International Republican Institute (IRI), leading a wide range of international election observation missions and technical assistance programs in Liberia, Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. He began his career as a Research Assistant for the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), studying the demobilization and reintegration of former combatants in Zimbabwe following the Lancaster House Agreement.
Fun Fact: Chris attended Angelo State University in rural West Texas on an acting scholarship, where he was guilty of subjecting untold numbers of San Angelo citizens to forgettable renditions of numerous plays and musicals.
Blog Posts by Chris Whatley
Answering the Call on the Disability Treaty
Ambassador Power spoke passionately about the importance of the UN Disability Treaty at UNA’s Global Leadership Dinner on November 6 and thanked UNA for our support to date. However, just this week she reached out to us again to ask us to use our network of grassroots UN supporters to spread the word on the importance of this vital treaty.
November 22, 2013
Celebrating Global Leaders and the UN
On Wednesday evening, big names and bold voices like Ted Turner, Jane Fonda, UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson, Her Majesty Queen Rania, and Priyanka Chopra joined UN Foundation board members, UN supporters, diplomats, and business leaders at our Global Leadership Awards Dinner.
November 7, 2013
United Nations Day: Partnering for the Future
When Franklin Roosevelt called on Americans to celebrate the first UN Day, the term “United Nations” had just been coined to describe the alliance that stood against fascism’s march. But for a dedicated group of internationalists, it was more than a slogan, more even than an alliance, it was the embodiment of an idea that would come to final fruition with the signing of the UN Charter on October 24, 1945.
October 24, 2013
Inspired by the Past, Motivated by the Future
When Eleanor Roosevelt walked across United Nations Plaza and made a surprise visit to the offices of the American Association for the United Nations in 1953, she did so for a reason. As a principal architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she knew U.S. grassroots support would be key to the success of the UN.
September 6, 2013