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Kathy Calvin

President and Chief Executive Officer

Kathy’s career has spanned across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all professional levels and in all sectors.


Elizabeth Cousens

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Before joining the UN Foundation, Elizabeth served as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Economic and Social Council and Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly. She previously served as Principal Policy Advisor and Counselor to the Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Susan Rice.


Andrew Axelrod

Chief Strategy Officer

In his role, Andrew leads organizational strategy development, resource mobilization and allocation, business planning and implementation, and is responsible for the organization’s ongoing operational effectiveness.


Susan Myers

Senior Vice President

Susan has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation’s leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization.


Peter Yeo

President of the Better World Campaign and Senior Vice President at the United Nations Foundation

Peter leads the Foundation’s strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration to advance policy changes that support the UN’s work for global progress.


Rajesh Mirchandani

Chief Communications Officer

Rajesh Mirchandani leads a team of skilled communicators working to advance progress on important global issues. Rajesh is a strategic and creative communicator, who helps the Foundation advance UN priorities.


Walter Cortés

Chief Financial Officer

In his role, Walter manages the accounting operations and staff of the Foundation.


Ancy Paul

Vice President for People and Culture

Ancy leads the Foundation’s work on talent acquisition and development, organizational culture, workforce diversity and inclusion, and benefits administration and management.


Kaysie Brown

Special Adviser and Head of Policy Planning

Kaysie is responsible for coordinating policy issues across the organization and identifying new trends and opportunities for the Foundation to advance its mission. Kaysie also helps to stand up special initiatives such as the Business & Sustainable Development Commission and the World Benchmarking Alliance.


Kate Dodson

Vice President for Global Health Strategy

Kate works to ensure that the UN Foundation is delivering on its commitments to address the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners.


Michelle Milford-Morse

Vice President for Girls and Women Strategy

Michelle leads the Foundation’s organization-wide efforts to promote gender equality and the rights and agency of all girls and women, working in collaboration with the United Nations and its partners.


Pete Ogden

Vice President for Energy, Climate, and the Environment

Prior to joining the Foundation, Pete was Senior Fellow for International Energy and Climate Policy at the Center for American Progress, Senior Advisor and Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago, and Senior Advisor at the Rhodium Group.


Shamir Shahi

Head of Executive Office

In his role, he serves as the point person for liaising with the President/CEO’s office. In addition, he also serves as the focal point for Board of Directors’ engagement and interaction at the Foundation, and is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing Board activities.