Executive Director, United Nations Association of the United States of America
Patrick Madden was named Executive Director of the United Nations Association of the United States of America in February 2011. Before assuming the UNA position, Madden served as President & CEO of Sister Cities International (SCI) for four years, building a network of U.S. cities partnered with more than 2,000 international communities that worked to implement economic development, humanitarian, cultural, and education programs and exchanges. During his time at SCI he was responsible for attracting the organization’s largest grant, a $7.5M donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to work on urban poverty issues in Africa. He enhanced the profile of SCI and thousands of local elected official and community leaders by representing the organization at national and international events, traveling to more than a dozen countries.
Before SCI, he served in senior level external affairs positions at the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. In both positions he worked on a variety of international projects and exhibitions, as well as immigration matters urging U.S. Congress and federal agencies for visa policy reforms. Madden is an adjunct faculty member at George Mason University where he teaches graduate seminars in fundraising. He holds two degrees from Ohio University.
Fun fact: Patrick has walked on The Great Wall of China, biked around Amsterdam, toured the Hermitage and Louvre (not on the same day!), stood at the foot of the Great Pyramid, lunched with traditional rulers in Accra, explored street markets in Lima, and discussed politics with city council members in Kuwait City. Five continents down and two to go.
Blog Posts by Patrick Madden
A Globalist View
From time to time, we are reminded that it’s not always easy being an outspoken supporter of the UN in the U.S. But I have some new inspiration. It’s not a new poll or report, but a global force – hundreds of thousands of citizens – who walk in your shoes in their home countries.
May 24, 2013
Forecast: Storms with a Chance of Hope
It's almost cliché to say extreme weather is becoming the norm, but the sad fact is the dangerous extremes are due in part to climate change. The storyline hasn’t changed, but it keeps getting worse: pollution has dramatically affected the earth’s atmosphere, the polar ice caps are melting, ocean levels are rising, ocean temperatures are shifting, and weather patterns have become more dramatic.
April 29, 2013
Open Letter to State Legislators
I’m writing to express my great concern for a pending piece of legislation and my need for your help in defeating it. The state legislature may soon be wasting valuable time taking up a bill that takes on a nonexistent threat.
February 28, 2013
Two Different Speeches, One Common Thread
Two important speeches were given over the past two weeks. One captured the world’s attention at home and abroad, and the other enjoyed less fanfare, but wove together a picture of the world’s future. One was marking the beginning of a second U.S. presidential term and one was delivered by the world’s top diplomat.
February 1, 2013
Honoring Human rights
If 2011 showed the desire and determination of citizens to have basic human rights in their societies, then 2012 demonstrated that there is no easy path toward obtaining these rights. Last year brought us the energy of the Arab Spring, with citizens in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, and Libya all pushing their governments to open up and make human rights and self-determination a priority. This year, with renewed tension in Egypt and a continuing humanitarian and political crisis in Syria, we’ve seen that the road to a society that prioritizes human rights can be long and hard.
December 10, 2012
Standing Up for the UN
How far would you go to support the work of the United Nations? Each day peacekeepers, aid workers and medical personnel deliver food and aid and put themselves in harm’s way to fulfill the mission of the UN and deliver on its promise to provide a better and safer world. We talk about their important work often, but today let’s talk about you.
November 19, 2012
Ending Poverty through Empowerment
UNA-USA Hosts Nationwide Conference Call with UN Foundation Board Member and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus
November 15, 2012
Ready to Serve
As recent events unfolded in the Middle East and across the globe, it gave me pause to think about the thousands of citizens who serve our country in the Foreign Service at home and abroad. These individuals play a vital role in the diplomacy efforts of the United States, yet their contributions go largely unnoticed and unrecognized…unless something extraordinary, or in this month's instance tragic, happens.
September 28, 2012
UNA-USA Announces First-Ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations
UNA-USA and the U.S. Department of State are giving one U.S. student the chance of a lifetime; a chance to see the United Nations in action, in person, during the UN General Assembly and other high-profile UN events.
September 21, 2012
GenUN Movement Begins Now
This fall, the U.S. Department of State’s Mission to the United Nations has taken historic action, to reaching out to young people across the U.S. and connecting them to the UN General Assembly. This is the first time the voice of youth will be actively engaged with our official delegation at the UN’s General Assembly in a U.S. Youth Observer position.
August 23, 2012
It’s high season for politics. Yes, we are back to balancing campaign trail accusations with attack ads, as well as parsing the meanings of sound bites and polls. It would seem as though not much is actually happening in Washington, but that’s not completely true. Despite the rhetoric, there is some action on Capitol Hill – and it’s not a battle over taxes, it’s about treaties. For the historians, between 1946 and 1999, the United States completed nearly 16,000 international agreements.
August 2, 2012
It's been a big sports year for cities across the U.S. Some team from New York won the Super Bowl; Kentucky and Baylor won the men's and women's NCAA basketball championships, respectively; LA won the Stanley Cup; and those three stars in Miami won the NBA Championship. For sports fans across the country, there's been some regional parity—a little something for everyone to cheer about.
July 6, 2012
I’m painting a room in my house. Anyone who’s taken on a home project knows that picking a paint color can be a truly excruciating drill. I’ve got blue on the brain (there’s a fair amount of “UN Blue” found in our offices) but “UN Blue” isn’t an option from Sherman Williams.
May 29, 2012
Global Competency 101
Students these days are great at memorizing dates, timelines, chemistry tables, and grammar. Both the students and our education system have become quite efficient at taking (or administering) tests well. The problem with this examination priority is simple: what we don’t need is a generation of test-takers. The world needs problem solvers.
May 4, 2012